1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Since recording and releasing Deadweight Undertow we have been busy playing shows to promote it in our hometown of Melbourne, including a well received album launch. On top of that we have been doing a lot of radio interviews and press, as well as booking gigs in other capital cities and rural towns of Australia which will takes on through to March of next year. Writing a lot of new material also !
2.During the beginning of the year you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff the band has released in the past?
The sound is another chapter in our ongoing story as a band, it follows on from the Death Metal with Hardcore of Eyehate Swansongs. This time we found a new undercurrent or spirit of punk running through some of the tracks and also some older death metal and thrash influence from earlier in our career too. A mixed bag of styles falling in sync with each other and played with passion !
3.The band originally played melodic death metal in the beginning, what was the decision behind going into your current musical direction?
Around 2000 was when we felt like we had pushed the envelope as far as we could go within Melodic Death metal, to be honest we were never worried about losing face with people by changing styles, it was a necessary step for us to continue being excited to play together and the idea was to strip it right back to “ Less is more “ and see what we could do with it.
4.The band was broken up for 5 years and then reformed, what was the decision behind the split and also the decision to reform?
We split in 2002 for a few reasons, one of our members was committed to a lot of work with a bigger band, and in hindsight it was the right time to have a break from each other and explore other ideas.
A rehearsal tape with an albums worth of songs was left in the wake, I dubbed it “Eyehate swansongs” and periodically I would listen to it and think what a waste !!
Five years on in 2007 I heard it again and asked the boys to get together and record these songs properly, for posterity and to finish the recorded legacy of the band. Everyone agreed and we went to rehearse, after the rehearsal we all looked at each other and said ‘ Lets do the band again ‘.
5.This was the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
In the five years in between “ Eyehate” and “Deadweight”
We played sporadic shows in amongst our other projects and life events,
I got married and had a son for example.
6.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
There is a broad range of topics on the new album, anything from racism ( Fail me not ) religion ( Shadow saviours ) through to the human condition and our inner struggles ( Dead on Arrival, Losing limbs, Primrose path) and even a song on the trends of extreme metal ( No passion to the grind )
7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Order Of Chaos'?
That’s a hard one ! I came up with the name in 95’ so I’m sure the initial inspiration is lost on me now and has matured as we have. When I think of the name nowadays it represents to my mind a striving to find the balance of seemingly opposing forces… an interconnectedness of extremes so to speak !!
8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have been really lucky to play some great shows over the years, a few spring to mind… In 99 we played a long running Australian festival ‘ Metal for the brain ‘… Another show from 2001 with Blood duster and Mindsnare was amazing… And the last year or so has been really great gig wise too, as has any chance we get to perform really.
Our stage performance is based on the music and playing, were not a big visual type of band… what we do with our set is to try and craft it like it was a killer album and often we link in songs together and try to play without many breaks, just keep the momentum going and use all the different tempo of tracks to make it dynamic but still extremely heavy throughout.
9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We will be touring parts of Australia when we can in the next 6 months or so.
10.On the new album you did a version of Black Flag's "My War", what was the decision behind during your own version of this song?
I got the idea to cover the song as I thought it would sit well with the other songs on Deadweight, bringing an extreme metal edge to a punk song, the opposite of bringing a punk edge to the metal with the other tracks.
11.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently getting online Distro through Third verse Records for this new album and I think we will continue to work with them on future things too. If something else label wise comes up we are always open but either way we will get the music out there.
12.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and hardcore?
If the downloading sites are anything to go by then the Europeans and Russians seem to be loving it !!
Which is a great thing, we want people to hear this new album.
There seems to be a good vibe and greater presence overseas this time around I think there is more hardcore and metal people getting into it nowadays.
13.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
I also have a one man Doom/ Death/ Sludge / Ambient recording project called Subterranean Disposition.
Mat Rizzo our drummer also plays in Australian legends Blood Duster.
14.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The new songs we have demoed so far are moving simultaneously in all of the directions we have explored,
Some melodic metallic d- beat stuff with more traditional
Death metal passages and some real strong thrash elements too. Time will tell how it comes together though, it is still real fresh to our ears.
15.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
For the three of us a lot of our influence came from late 80’s thrash, early 90’s death metal. Bands like Slayer,Anthrax, Death, Carcass, At the gates…
Personally nowadays I enjoy a lot of different heavy stuff
From Converge and Baptists to Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Clutch, alongside a lot of non metal music.
16.What are some of your non musical interests?
I have been a Skateboarder now for 25 years. I also love reading and taking photos.
17.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for the opportunity .
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