DAWN OF ASHES INTERVIEW
Why did the the label that you signed to in 2014 insist that you rename the band?
KRISTOF BATHORY: After the “Hellions of Hollywood” tour back in 2013, I was approached by this record label which I will not publicize by any means. They first had strong interest in Dawn of Ashes, and promised a huge leap within the group's career. There were meetings every day for months -- a huge waste of our time -- with promises that could never be fulfilled. Months later, the label said they couldn't move forward with us until we changed the name and start completely fresh, which was a very hard and emotional decision for me to make. They would go back and forth, trying to completely dictate the group’s image and sound, and demanding that we can only move forward with them if we give them $10,000 towards marketing. We finally told them, after two years wasted, that we no longer wanted to do business with them, and so we released the URILIA EP on our own. To conclude this story, we will no longer be dictated by any label. I don't give a fuck about what is acceptable in the music industry, and our walls are raised so fucking high that no industry leech will be able to suck a single drop of blood from us ever again. We are proud to be underground, and we know our fans respect us no matter what.
How does the new incarnation of DOA differ from that of 2013 and 2014?
KB: The new DAWN OF ASHES will combine elements from our 2010 album Genocide Chapters with our 2013 release Anathema, while spreading the message that we were sharing in URILIA. The result will be a massive fusion of Black Metal and Industrial with heavy breakdowns. Our upcoming album Theophany will be the heaviest music that we have released so far.
Why did you decide to resurrect DOA, what was it about the band that couldn’t be left dead?
KB: I was asked, “Why did you change the name? Did you really want to change the name?” I never wanted to change the name, and obviously I was a puppet, being fucked by an industry leech. DOA is my blood and soul -- it's who I truly am. DAWN OF ASHES is like Jason Voorhees: no matter how hard you try to kill it, it keeps coming back.
Kristof, you are an inspirational man indeed, and over the last few years you have changed as a person in very good ways. What’s do you consider your greatest personal achievement?
I appreciate the kind compliment. My biggest achievement was to kill off my old self, and to be reborn into the shell of an indestructible force through spirit and flesh. My spirit is connected with Belial, as a symbol of my twin spirit nature. For years that spirit was completely untameable, reckless, and vicious. After completely falling through failure and humility, I made the decision to sacrifice a lot in my life and make extreme changes. Now this energy is on a tight leash, and is utilized for beneficial purposes.
Now that Theophany is in the pipeline, what will show this album’s main power and glory? Do you feel this will be the defining DOA album? If so, why?
KB: I definitely feel that this album is what I was trying to achieve with Genocide Chapters, but with all of the Industrial elements of Anathema. This album is DAWN OF ASHES on steroids, and working with [producer] Mick Kenney has brought nothing but amazing results. This is one nasty and mean piece of work that Mick and I conjured up.
Metropolis is a popular choice of label for the very best bands at the moment. What attracted DOA to Metropolis, and vice-versa?
KB: Metropolis is a great label for Industrial, and I feel that we bring a much broader crowd towards their label. They don't have many Metal acts, so it’s great that we can bring that style, but also in keeping with the Industrial sound that is more familiar to the label. They treat us well, and do what real labels should do in this era, so we can’t really complain.
Is URILIA truly gone, or may the memory live on in some way?
KB: URILIA lives on as an energy that is part of DAWN OF ASHES. We will still perform the URILIA material live, and will re-release one of the URILIA tracks on Theophany.
Tell us more about the DOA logo… how did it manifest itself into the symbol of a band we know and love?
KB: The sigil of DOA was created by myself round 2004/2005 to represent a backwards D, O, and A. Throughout the years, just as the name progressed in meaning, so did the symbol. The name and symbol represent “Alpha and Omega” -- the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the continual cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
What do you feel is the importance of having uniqueness as a whole, both as a band but also as an individual?
KB: It's hard to strive for complete uniqueness, since everything has been inspired from somewhere. I don't think any musical acts in this day in age are 100% authentic; I think we have unique qualities, but we definitely have our sources of inspiration. What creates a sense of uniqueness is to focus outside of the box within a realm of continuous expectations. Freedom is not just a word -- it’s the pure way to create individuality, and that creates a sense of uniqueness.
Kristof, you recently became an ambassador of The Greater Church of Lucifer. What did it mean to you to become an ambassador for them?
KB: Since my spiritual path has been the greatest essence of my soul, I’ve invested nothing but complete dedication to it. It seemed that the GCOL took interest in my handiwork, and acknowledged that I had a strong impact on the youth. My job as an ambassador of the Church is to be a mentor to the youth, and spread the knowledge of strength towards those who are lost within the corruptions of humanity.
You like to often reference the film Pumpkinhead. Why?
KB: It’s an amazing film -- both in story and special effects. It definitely has a metaphorical message regarding the Left Hand Path, in my opinion.
Spirituality is a personal thing in many ways. What is your advice for the first step for those who want do discover their spirituality?
KB: Question everything and keep an open mind. Just because you can’t see the path at first, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Nurture your true will and feed it wisdom, and you will find it.
Thank you so much for this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
KB: I am just glad that DAWN OF ASHES is back and ready to dominate.
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