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!”
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!
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