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Dawn Of Ashes Discusses The Left Hand Path And New Album "Daemonolatry Gnosis"

The Dawn Of Ashes has arrived, and its being heralded with new extreme metal opus "Daemonolatry Gnosis!"

This symphonic black / death metal mashup officially arrives June 9th, 2017 via Metropolis Records and features 12 crushing tracks including a Mayhem cover and a guest vocal performance from Cradle of Filth's Lindsay Schoolcraft.

With the follow-up to last year's "Theophany" now on the horizon, I checked in with Kristof Bathory from Dawn Of Ashes to discuss the album and his devotion to the left hand path.

While prepping for the interview I was scrolling through the band's Facebook page and I both cringed and chuckled when I saw this wonderfully, ludicrously offensive meme. I immediately begin understand why the Dawn Of Ashes entry in our Pit Stories column went the way that it did... For those who love their offensive online memes, I also got a good laugh at this Easter post from the band. Memery aside, check out our full interview with Dawn Of Ashes below.

xFiruath: What's going on as far as lyrics and themes on “Daemonolatry Gnosis,” and how does the artwork connect to those themes?

K: The artwork, lyrics, and music all had to represent what this album is about. In a short description without getting too much into detail, is about the connection with your psyche archetypes which is also called our "daemons." The daemons are very different from the Christianized word for an evil spirit. I was inspired from various books on the topic, mainly Carl Jung and all of the knowledge I have from being a Left Hand Path practitioner. We utilize Black Magick in order to connect with these archetypes to bring totality within the individual.

So, the cover art represents the Black Sorcerer in the abyss surrounded by pillars that have the sigils from the "Goetia" which metaphorically displays the individual digging into the abyss to pull the will out from the darkness and into the light. As a practitioner and student of the LHP, I feel as a musician I need to clarify that this path is not based on "evil" or the means to completely bash on Christianity. This is not a path based on hate. It is a path based on bringing the individual towards self deification.

xFiruath: A lyric video was recently released for “Guardians.” Who put that together, and are there plans for any other lyric/music videos off the album in the near future?

K: Funny enough. Our keyboardist Bahemoth creates all of our videos. So we do a lot of stuff in house. As for a music video. We plan to start shooting after the tour.

xFiruath: When you started writing and recording this album, what was your primary goal to accomplish with the new songs?

K: I have two important goals. One is to write an album I am proud of without meeting others' expectations. Second is to educate others on the work of the Left Hand Path. That is my main purpose now as a professional musician. My music is my magick and art is magick.

xFiruath: What about this album are you specifically most excited for listeners to hear>

K: I feel that this album is at the peak of our maturity as a band and everything that I love about extreme metal is in this album. Every song is heavy and well written.

xFiruath: You guys have been active for more than 15 years now, which is quite the accomplishment for any band. Did you see Dawn Of Ashes going this far, and do you think you'll do anything special to mark 20 years not too long from now?

K: I think we are at a comfortable place and feel that we have evolved into what the band was supposed to do. I'm hoping this new album has a huge impact. My plans are to just keep moving up the mountain. Thinking about us being active for 20 years is mind blowing so I have no idea what we will do then.

xFiruath: You've got a tour coming up soon to support the new album – where are you most excited to be heading and what sort of stage show performance can fans look forward to seeing from Dawn Of Ashes?

K: To be honest, Canada. Canadians are on a whole different level when it comes to metal music. Last time we played there, it was insane. It's also such a beautiful country to visit.
As for a stage show, they will have to wait and see. We never put on a dull show.

xFiruath: As a musician, what's the best part of the touring experience for you, and what's the worst or least fun?

K: Best part is exploring new territories and just being away from Los Angeles. Worst part is all of the stress that comes from being on tour. Fun times are just losing your minds while being stuck in a van.

xFiruath: Other than your own release, what music have you been jamming lately and what's coming out soon you can't wait to hear?

K: Well, I'm not too fond of a lot of new music to be honest so I listen to the same bands. I have been jamming some Dark Funeral, Rotting Christ, Kiss, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Thy Art Is Murder, Behemoth, Septicflesh, and Fleshgod Apocalypse. I also listen to a lot of movie and video game scores to get inspiration from.

xFiruath: Have you been to any killer shows lately, and what's going on in your local metal scene>

K: I don't really go out. I'm a hermit. Last event I went to was to support my friends from "The Iron Son" which is Brandon from Bleeding Through's new band. Prior to that it was Behemoth and Myrkur which was mind blowing. I only go out if it's something that I really want to attend.

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to add?

K: Just thank you to everyone for their support and make sure to pre-order our new album and if you're in the area, come out to a show. Cheers.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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