Downfall Of Gaia started out as a crust band, but quickly developed further and have become much more difficult to compare to any other bands. Over the years, their songs became longer, slower, heavier; their influences range from doom to black Metal, from down-tempo, to sludge, and hardcore. Their songs have an epic and majestic vibe, with enough musical peaks and valleys to keep listeners rooted firmly to the earth throughout 9:00+ minutes of music.
'Suffocating In The Swarm of Cranes' is a concept album about an individual's struggles with living in modern, oft over-stimulated society.
We cuaght up with the band and here's what they had to say...
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Hi there Dominik, how are you all doing?
"Hey! Thanks a lot for the interview! We are doing fine, playing a bunch of shows around this time. Can't complain!"
Whats new with DoG? Tell us about your new album 'Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes'
'Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes' is a concept album. It tells a story about a person who falls victim to his thoughts and becomes consumed by the pressures of the outside world. Suffering from insomnia, the day by day routine and the security that things are completely out of control nowadays, all of this puts so much pressure on him that he is slowly losing his mind.
"It's a story about a person and the sickness, his state of mind and how his psychological conscience develops. This story is representative for a more and more fast moving time such as today where it's way too easy to lose control and to get buried by the growing weights on our own backs.
"Musically we've got the most dynamic release we ever had. It's way more aggressive and darker as our older releases."
Tell us a bit about the video shoot for 'In The Rivers Of Bleak' and why it is shot in black and white.
"We tried to capture the atmosphere of 'Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes' the best possible way. Black and white fits perfect to the lyrics and the mood and it's spreading some kind of depressive/hopeless vibe. Also John Bradburn and Andy Paton had a lot of freedom while they were creating this video. They came up with the idea of a video in black/white and we loved it!
How did you all get along with Andy Paton and John Bradham wile they were directing and filming this video?
"We just talked via e-mail. Just because of the fact that they are living in the UK and we are living in Germany. But we get along really well! We talked about ideas, they send us some storylines, we talked about that and in the end we had the video for 'In The Rivers Bleak'. They did a great job and it was nice to work with them!"
When are you next on tour? Do you have any favourite places to go on tour or any band stories you are happy to share with MetalTalk readers?
"Besides playing some weekend-shows, we will hit Russia in the beginning of November for a few shows. That should be fun and we are really looking forward to that!
"At the moment we are planning some bigger tours for 2013 but nothing is confirmed so far. Will let anyone know as soon as possible. We love to be on the road and in the last years a lot of great but also annoying stuff happened. It's always great to meet new people that you would never ever have met in your live if you wouldn't hit the road.
"I don't know if we've got some favourite places. Places where you never have been before are always the most interesting ones. But Eastern Europe for example is always an amazing place to tour."
How is your drummer getting on now since his ill health earlier in the year? How did this impact on band plans and projects?
"He is fine again. But in February we had to take a timeout because health comes first.
"Unfortunately then we had to cancel the booked studio date. 'Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes' was supposed to be released in May 2012. Fortunately there were no problems to postpone the recordings. Christoph Scheidel (the '79 Sound Studio), Jack Shirley (Atomic Garden Studio) and James Plotkin totaly understood our decision and just a few weeks later we had a new studio date booked."
Tell us a bit of history about DoG - how did you get your band together?
"Anton, Tim (our first drummer) and me started making music together in 2006. We had a different bandname but still already the first Downfall Of Gaia lineup. In 2008 Peter joined the band and we changed our name to Downfall Of Gaia. It was something like a new beginning for us. From that day on our musical style also changed and we released our first demo. You can say Downfall Of Gaia grew out of the ashes of our old band."
What drives DoG? What are the issues that energise you?
"All of us made music and played in bands lots of years of their lives. I guess that's a point that we don't want to miss anymore. Being in a band with all the ups and downs, being on the road, releasing records, being creative in such a way... all of that is just one of the most important things in life for us."
Who does the most of of the song writing or is it a collective effort?
"Usually Peter or me are coming up with a riff or an idea for a song which we created at home. We are spread over Germany, so we have to do some homework before we meet each other for a rehearsal. After that all of the four are part of the process and we are working on the details in our rehearsal room."
What are your all time top favourite bands/songs and why?
"That's a tough question! I don't know if I can answer it that easy. I'm sure I will forget lots of great bands/songs and will remember them after this interview. But let me think... I guess some of the most important bands for me are...
Remains Of The Day
From Ashes Rise
"Even if I don't listen to that stuff that much anymore, their records blew me away and had a huge impact on my life."