Kristof Bathory of DAWN OF ASHES (Extreme Metal Interview)

Industrial/Symphonic Black Metal artists Dawn of Ashes. On June 9th they will release their seventh album “Daemonolatry Gnosis”on Metropolis Records.

K.> We are back with a brand new album that comes out June 9th called “Daemonolatry Gnosis” and currently on the road touring in North America and Canada.Dawn of Ashes

– Your getting ready to release your 7th album Daemonolatry Gnosis on Metropolis Records. Would you say since the first album has their been a lot of changes with how things are done in the studio?

K.> I mean they are completely opposites. First album was pure Industrial and we molded ourselves into Extreme Metal. This new album is brutal Symphonic Extreme Metal with slight elements of Industrial. The era of pure Industrial has been dead since 2008 so DOA has been perfecting the Extreme Metal side since then.

– When writing a song, is there such a thing as investing too much time?

K.> Yes, I usually detail the shit out of every song until it drives me crazy and then I still find something that I could have done better later on.

– You are starting a North American tour with two shows in Canada. How different is it playing Canadian venues to US venues?

K.> With North America its hit or miss. Playing the Midwest seems to have some of the craziest fans and other areas in the US are just not as hardcore as others. However, Canada has the most crazy crowds that I have seen and the Black Metal scene is insane.

– Do you consider album artwork as important now that music is mostly downloaded?

K.> All of my recent material has to relate with my Left Hand Path knowledge so, the artwork and the lyrical content have to connect with each other.

– How many shows do you play per year on average, and how crazy does the schedule get?

K.> We broke up back in 2014 and brought DOA back in 2016 so this is our very first tour since then.

– Could you describe what goes on in a day in your life as a musician on tour?

K.> Its definitely a new beast now. I’m a lot different now, compared to who I was years ago. I like to have solitude when I can and don’t really do the crazy touring musician mayhem. Just not my thing anymore.

– Is the band fans of Spotify and similar streaming services? What are your thoughts on this?

K.> As long as fans show their support, come out to shows and buy the music. Those services are good ways to introduce new music.

– Where do you see music in general going in 100 years from now?

K.> Wow, 100 years is a very long time. If humanity is still around, who knows.

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