Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Chaos Doctrine (South Africa) Enlists Demether Grail From Russian Folk Metal / Deathcore Band Zmey Gorynich For Father Grigori Alt Version - For Release Next Friday 30 October


Brutal Russian Version Of Father Grigori
(Отец Григорий)

Industrial Metal Machine Chaos Doctrine (South Africa)
Enlists Demether Grail From Russian Folk Metal / Deathcore Band Zmey Gorynich
(Змей Горыныч)
Just when you thought Chaos Doctrine was done obliterating your eardrums with their mammoth track Father Grigori, the Industrial Metal Machine from South Africa is back with a brutal Russian version (Отец Григорий) featuring Demether Grail from Russian Folk Metal / Deathcore Band Zmey Gorynich (Змей Горыныч)

As if this 180-bpm prodigious track was not already vicious enough, the scathing "lubok-core" vocals of Demether Grail chunters the tune to an even murkier level, resonating with the dark subject matter marred by the life and times of the notorious Russian Monk Grigori Rasputin!

Chaos Doctrine comments that “A short while after we finished writing Father Grigori, we had the idea of getting a Russian vocalist to collaborate with us on it, specifically for an alternate version that can go onto our next EP (our first EP, The Chaos Chronicles Volume I, contains alternate versions of tracks from our debut album). We knew that Russian would give it a new and unique feel, and bring a rawness that comes with the language! We didn’t know where to start looking – but our good buddy France the Planet referred us to a great female metal vocalist Anna Hel, who is involved with Russian Industrial Band Conflict. She, in turn, referred us to Demether Grail, who is involved with a load of great metal bands in Russia.

Demether has a great voice, is really into Rasputin himself too, and fully understood what we wanted to do. With us having translated our track “The Genocide Number” into Afrikaans for our EP, we knew that this is no easy feat – it is not only about the lyrics, but also the rhyme and meter of the song. But, Demether did a better job than we could have ever hoped for – he took our track, re-wrote all the lyrics, and blended the words to fit into awesome rhythms. He stuck to the original themes but fully made the track his own, and his vocal is raw and brutal, bringing a fresh and hateful edge that would make the mad monk proud! We knew Russian vocals would up the ante on this track – but we didn’t know just how much. So, we decided this is far too great to hold back for our 2021 EP release – hence us throwing it into the world now!”

Demether Grail adds that “It's an interesting story. Anna wrote to me and said that probably I would be the best guy to work with Chaos Doctrine on translating an English track about Rasputin into Russian, and to do the vocals for it. I have been writing lyrics and cross translating for a long time, for my own bands and other Russian bands, so this was no problem for me. I decided to add in quite a bit of my own into the Russian version – firstly because I am very well acquainted with the story of Grigori Rasputin, and secondly, because I translate one hundred percent literally. I made sure to keep to the original vocal rhythm as much as possible and stuck to a more timbre vocal, rather than the black metal style I usually use. Chaos Doctrine was my first international collaboration and the mix came out perfect!”


Alec Surridge (Guitar) Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals) Rory Townes (Drums) & Daniel Burger "Dr D" (Vocals)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)

Chaos Doctrine is an Industrial Metal band from Johannesburg (South Africa) and the brainchild of vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX) and guitarist Ray (Malachi, Stone The Free, DedX), who wanted to create a unique blend of Classic Thrash and Death with newer waves of Metal and Industrial. Formed in 2010 with bassist Phil (DedX) and drummer Ralph (Sacrifist, Tyburn, Misericord), the band had a few member changes before enrolling guitarist Alec (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane) in 2013. Mid 2019, Ray and Ralph left Chaos Doctrine. Early in 2020, the drum throne was taken by Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).

For Chaos Doctrine, Metal is aggression. Everything they produce conveys this! Their sound is the result of combining the power of Classic Metal with a modern edge and raw Industrial sound. Their lyrical content explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void apology ...

This is aggression, this is Chaos Doctrine!

A Nameless Dread (South Africa) Extreme Debut Album - For Release From Next Saturday 31 October


South African Extreme Metal Band A NAMELESS DREAD Unleash THE FIRST NOTHING


Inspired by the ancient Mayans' concept of "zero"- something that, while almost inherent in our understanding of the world today, was revolutionary up until as recent as a few thousand years ago. Depicted as a crude symbol, it would be used to indicate an absence. Nothing!

We see the emptiness, the formless void, and the things waiting in it to awaken again. They are cold and indifferent to human life and we are just play-things to them. Seeing how they subtly influence mankind in different ways, for example the murder ballad ‘Cold Black’ and the tale of the the grave robber in ‘The Resurrectionist’. They influence humans and humans in return worship death and through death the outer things are given power in this dimension.  This theme is expanded on in ‘Rot With Me’ which is about the dead rising and taking over.

The others are more direct, in that they describe what will happen once the forces of the beyond break through into our plane of existence. ‘When God Blinks’, ‘Enter Chaos’ and ‘Bleached Bone’ all illustrate the various Eldritch horrors awaiting mankind, while The Great Unclean is what becomes of humanity eventually as civilization collapses and a new perversion of religion comes into being. Tying back into the worship of death and decay with the cycle of corruption being complete.

They were and are The First Nothing, the shapeless, twisted things lurking in the dark heart of the mind.


They are nameless, they are eternal!

The album consists of 7 tracks, produced, mixed, and mastered by Damian Buys. 


1. The Great Unclean 
2. Enter Chaos 
3. Rot With Me 
4. When God Blinks 
5. Bleached Bone 
6. The Resurrectionist 
7. Cold Black 

The first single off the album, Rot With Me, made its on air debut for France the Planet’s Southern African Metal Madness Week (August 2020) on Burg Studio’s Radio, accumulating the most votes for the week!



A Nameless Dread Photos By Nadia Smit

Desmond Cook (Drums) Rhett Freeman (Vocals) Damian Buys (Guitar) Tim Botes (Bass)
Nadia Smit

Having discovered a mutual love of Dark Fantasy, Cosmic and Eldritch horror, and of course sharing the same influences musically, encompassing a range of bands and genres from Death Metal, Groove Metal, Tech Death and many others, A Nameless Dread was formed. Having had the desire to create something new after leaving their previous bands, Rhett, Damian and Tim formed A Nameless Dread in early 2019. Des joined on drums shortly after, and the four were complete. The synergy and energy in the studio, practice space and stage was tangible.     The main focus was to form a band where each member is fully involved in the band's vision, and making the kind of extreme music that each one loves to play. 

A Nameless Dread strives to make bone crushing extreme metal with substance and theatricality, both during their live performance, and in the studio. Dread aims to create something unique and haunting, something that lives in between the spaces of the normal, in the dark gaps of the imagination. A feeling the audience is fascinated and unsettled by at the same time. With Damian writing the riffs, Tim’s huge bass lines, Des’ crushing drumming and Rhett taking care of the lyrics, the band has completed their debut album. We are pleased to be releasing The First Nothing on the 31st of October 2020

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TRUTH DECAYED (South Africa) EP Release MODERN DAY ILLUSION - For Release This Friday 23 October



"Truth has lost its definition! Truth ... a modern day disgrace!"

Welcome to a hard gritty look at the state of the world in 2020 from the eyes of TRUTH DECAYED, a newly formed Thrash Metal outfit from Durban (South Africa). These lads have seemingly come out of nowhere and has taken the Metal Scene by storm, raking in an African Metal Week Award with BurgStudio Radio, triumphantly earning a Band Battle Accolade with The Metal Lab in the UK and receiving international airplay for their debut single on various stations (and all this before their debut EP even released)!

No stranger to hard graft and sonic success, A.S. Guitars Ambassador and Solo Artist Ryno Theron heads up this new outfit as Vocalist and Guitarist. Long-time friend and muso compadre Warren Jones takes up fellow Guitar Duties, perfectly complemented by Johan Maree on Bass and Backing Vocals as well as Brandon Carey on Drums.

Ryno Theron states that "the songs are made up from old riffs Warren and I wrote some years ago. Hearing our respective songs come to life has been an awesome experience, giving birth to the Truth Decayed sound, combined with the input from Johan and Brandon". 

Guitarist Warren Jones comments that "I'm glad these songs turned out the way they did. Great bunch of guys turned these riffs into something unthinkable."

Drummer Brandon Carey adds that "It was really fun and interesting working with Ryno and Warren on these songs with Johan bringing in a fresh take on bass. The songs with every member's different backgrounds in music influences shines through and gives a unique sound that I'm sure people will enjoy. Keep it brutal!"

Bassist Johan Maree concludes that "It has been an amazing trip so far to work with friends, making music we love. I look forward to the future and the experiences ahead."

MODERN DAY ILLUSION offers stark commentary on a world marred by decayed morals and skewed truths, where fakeness reigns supreme, adding to the ever-growing bouquet of terror plaguing a society already in turmoil.


UPC 195597361174
Howling Rush Records

Modern Day Illusion
ISRC QZK6F2091397
Written By: Ryno Theron
Music By: Ryno Theron, Warren Jones, Johan Maree, Brandon Carey
Recorded By: Daniel Philogene
Mix And Master by: Daniel Philogene

Opposing Direction
ISRC QZK6F2091398
Written By: Warren Jones
Music By: Warren Jones, Ryno Theron, Johan Maree, Brandon Carey
Recorded By: Daniel Philogene
Mix And Master: Daniel Philogene



Warren Jones (Guitar) Ryno Theron (Guitar & Vocals) Brandon Carey (Drums) & Johan Maree (Bass & Vocals)

Truth Decayed is a South African Thrash Metal band founded by long time friends, Warren Jones and Ryno Theron. Warren Jones played for the promising Durban Metal band "Mystical Element" early in his music career.

More later ventures include the successful "Metallica, Kill Em All Tribute" in Durban. Ryno Theron has played in numerous Durban Metal bands, most notably "Throne". He has also for the last few years built up a solid solo career which has seen him release his critically acclaimed "Howling Rush" album, and perform at Smoking Dragon festival, Splashy Fen and more.

To make up the four piece, Warren brought in Johan Maree (bass) and Brandon Carey (drums). Johan is a newbie to the music scene, but packed with talent and passion. Brandon was part of the popular Stigmata Dawn. In his time in Stigmata Dawn, he performed at numerous festivals including Thornfest, Mutherfudd, Season's Wither and Witchfest (When Carcass headlined) to name a few.

With this complete line up they are a new band, with big goals. Developing as a "lockdown band" they have brought out their first single "Modern Day Illusion" which won them a top 5 spot on France The Planet's Southern African Metal Madness Week on BurgStudio. This was closely followed by taking the Battle of the Bands Title with The Metal Lab in the UK.





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