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Der Weg einer Freiheit [de], Downfall of Gaia [de] | /FORM SPACE
vineri, 13 septembrie 2019 la ora 20:30 - 23:55
Cluj-Napoca Rock ‘n’ Roll present Der Weg einer Freiheit and Downfall of Gaia.
Der Weg einer Freiheit
Der Weg einer Freiheit was born in February 2009 in Würzburg, Germany when founding fathers Nikita Kamprad (guitars, bass, songwriting, drum programming) and Tobias Jaschinsky (vocals) released the first self-titled album limited to 200 copies using a drum machine. Within just one month the self-produced record was sold out and the first reviews and interviews followed quickly.
In January 2010 a deal with Berlin based record label Viva Hate Records was inked and the band re-released their debut album in May – this time featuring real drumtracks recorded by Christian Bass (Heaven Shall Burn), a new mix and the bonustrack “Ruhe”. Further the band celebrated their first live performance at Friction Fest Berlin among bands like Wolves In The Throne Room, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Entombed, Crippled Black Phoenix and Amenra followed by various shows all over Germany.
In March 2011 the band entered Hamburg’s Hammer Studios with producer Eike Freese (Negator, Dark Age, Deep Purple, Gamma Ray) to record their EP “Agonie”. With its release in July drummer Christian Bass had to leave the band due to timing and private reasons but shortly after a new permanent drummer was found in Tobias Schuler who has already substituted Christian Bass at a couple of shows in 2010.
The first big festival appearances at Summer Breeze Open Air, Barther Metal Open Air and Wolfszeit Festival followed as well as the first Austrian shows with friends Neaera. After finishing songwriting for the next record at the end of 2011 the band entered Tonstudio Würzburg in their hometown to record their next full-length. “Unstille” was produced, mixed and mastered by Nikita Kamprad and released in June 2012 via Viva Hate Records. After having various friends helping out on live-guitar and -bass, Sascha Rissling (guitars) and Giuliano Barbieri (bass) were added as permanent members to the line-up.
Despite of a successful headlining tour around Germany and Austria singer Tobias Jaschinsky decided to leave the band due to musical
differences. Having no auditions with other singers at all the band chose to go on as a 4-piece with Nikita Kamprad taking over the vocal position live and in the studio besides his duties on guitars.
In this constellation the band went on tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland in March 2013 with comrades Agrypnie and Heretoir and played Summer Breeze Open Air for the second time as well as several headliner shows. 2014 started off with a short run through France supporting Ensiferum before leaving for Blastfest in Bergen, Norway in February, followed by a German tour with The Ocean. In April the band played a one week tour in Russia and then co-headlined Israel’s biggest annual metal festival, the Tel Aviv Deathfest among many other international bands.
The band also played the renowned With Full Force Open Air in Germany and headlined various metal festivals. In August 2014 DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT signed a deal with French label Season of Mist and recorded their highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Unstille” with producer Jan Kerscher at Ghost City Recordings, Germany. “Stellar” was released in March 2015 followed by an extended tour all over Europe with fellow countrymen Downfall of Gaia.
The band continued their journey on major international festivals like Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Resurrection Fest and Roadburn Festival and visited many countries they haven’t been before. “Stellar” has been reviewed and well-discussed in major print- and webzines all over the world strengthening the band’s international reputation in the extreme metal sector.
After supporting Sweden’s Shining on a short German run and playing another extensive headlining tour through Europe the band was confirmed for the world-famous Wacken Open Air. However, just a few days before their performance bassist Giuliano Barbieri left the band and they finished all remaining shows 2016 including a support tour for Moonspell as a three-piece on stage.
In January 2017 DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT entered Ghost City Recordings once again to record their forth full-length album. This time the band decided to handle the whole production process by themselves allowing them to fully concentrate on the new material without being limited by time and financial means. After completing the album production early March the band announced Nico Ziska as their new bassist and permanent member followed by selected shows in Germany and Luxembourg in support of Heaven Shall Burn.
The new album “Finisterre” has been released on August 25th 2017 by Season of Mist worldwide and was very well received and reviewed by the press, media and fans. The album’s success was also pushed by the following headlining release tour in September/October with quite a few sold out shows such as in Paris, Zurich, Strasbourg and Nantes. With the release of the album, however, guitarist Sascha Rissling decided to leave the band but was replaced shortly after by good friend and direct predecessor Nicolas Rausch who already played with the band in 2011.
Nikita Kamprad – Guitars, Vocals
Tobias Schuler – Drums
Nicolas Rausch – Guitars
Nicolas Ziska – Bass
Downfall of Gaia
At every stage of their career, Downfall of Gaia’s output has been critically lauded and has garnered fevered responses from their devout fan-base, and their fifth album is primed to push things to the next level. Comprised of 6 tracks, Ethic Of Radical Finitude is the international quartet’s most melodic, most structured and most dynamic release to date, once more building upon the epic and unique sludgy, crusty, exploratory metallic sound that has organically evolved with every release.
“It combines elements from our earlier releases with the path we took on Atrophy (2016),” states guitarist/vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis. “There are long atmospheric parts with enough time to breathe, enough time to unfold, and on the other side there are harsh and melodic blastbeats. Each song is some kind of journey, with emotional ups and downs.”
Feeling no pressure to rush, the band spent nearly sixteen months writing the songs that would come to comprise Ethic Of Radical Finitude. With Goncalves dos Reis taking the lead as the primary songwriter, he initially constructed demos in Berlin before sending them to drummer Michael Kadnar in New York, and the two worked out the drum parts over email.
While some bands might meticulously plan out everything they want to achieve with their records as soon as they begin working on them, Goncalves dos Reis has always been more interested in going with the flow. “As long as it feels right and a song delivers the right atmosphere everything is allowed,” he states plainly. “Each record is a different chapter of a different period of ourselves, of course with different influences, which is a good thing, because otherwise everything would sound the same.
The only thing that’s always important for us is to create a kind of atmospheric sound, including bright soundscapes which you are able to lose yourself into.” Only once they were satisfied that they had the songs strongly demoed out did bassist Anton Lisovoj and guitarist Marco Mazzola enter the process. At that stage everyone’s ideas were welcome, the tracks were refined, and Goncalves dos Reis arranged the lyrics. “We never started that early with the songwriting before. We usually complete this process in half the amount of time, but this time we simply didn’t want to stress ourselves, and we wanted to give ourselves the space and opportunity we needed to get a satisfying result for all of us.”
Sonically, they also experimented with elements that are new to their records, utilizing clean vocals for the first time, incorporating chimes and spoken word passages in their more atmospheric sections, expanding the idea of what a Downfall Of Gaia record can be.
Unlike its predecessors, Ethic Of Radical Finitude is not a concept album per se, but there is a core theme that unites the songs: discontented minds and the never-ending pursuit for more. “I guess everyone in life is trying to find this special ‘warm’ and safe place, their special place.
To feel ‘home’, to feel ‘safe’, to feel satisfied. But maybe at some point you need to accept that it may never come, that you will never ‘arrive’,” Goncalves dos Reis asserts. Looking at life as a “book filled with chapters that can only be closed with death”, he also believes that death itself has a bad reputation, and the context in which the album meditates upon it asserts this.
“You can also see the good things in it. It’s the only thing that makes the time you have worthy since without it everything would be forever, and nothing would have any value. No one would try to use their given time, no one would ever be on the hunt for their special place. It would be meaningless.”
Tracking for the album was handled at Hidden Planet Studio, Berlin by Jan Oberg, and Backroom Studios in New Jersey by Kevin Antreassian of Dillinger Escape Plan, and proved an entirely drama-free process, with everyone on the same page. A handful of guests also contributed their time, including some faces familiar to longtime followers of the band – rejoined by guitarist Peter Wolff, one of the founding members of Downfall Of Gaia, on “Seduced by…” and the drones on the songs “The Grotesque Illusion Of Being” and „We Pursue The Serpent Of Time” come courtesy of their former drummer Johannes Stoltenburg, aka Hidehidehide.
“Working together and creating something new with former bandmates is a very special thing. Even if our ways had to split at some point it’s a true pleasure to get together again, with everyone bringing in their own new influences,” Goncalves dos Reis enthuses. Furthermore, they collaborated with Nikita Kamprad from Der Weg Einer Freiheit, who added vocals to “We Pursue The Serpent Of Time”, and spoken words for the song “Guided Through A Starless Night” were supplied by their friend Mers Sumida of Black Table.
“Ever since we met Der Weg Einer Freiheit in 2015 we have been good friends, and we kept the contact between the two of us alive. This definitely doesn’t happen with every band you tour with so we are more than happy to also have Nikita joining our new record, which gives that one part a very special touch and a great dynamic! Having Mers reading the poem is also the perfect fit. Her voice perfectly captures the emotions and atmosphere we wanted to spread, so we are really thankful to her for being a part of the new album.”
When the band hit the road next year fans can expect to hear most of the tracks, marking the beginning of an exciting new phase in the life of Downfall Of Gaia. “Everyone was absolutely focused on this record, and I think this is something you can really hear in every song. All of us are more than satisfied with the result, and we’re extremely looking forward to playing these songs live, and sharing it with the audience.”
Ethic Of Radical Finitude track listing:
1. Seduced By…
2. The Grotesque Illusion Of Being
3. We Pursue The Serpent Of Time
4. Guided Through A Starless Night
5. As Our Bones Break To The Dance
6. Of Withering Violet Leaves
Downfall Of Gaia are:
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals, guitars
Anton Lisovoj – bass, vocals
Marco Mazzola – guitars, vocals
Michael Kadnar – drums