Rock the Coast is a new event taking place this year on the 14th and 15th of June in sunny (we hope!) Malaga. The line-up is pretty damn good and we’re grabbing a handful of the acts in the runup to find out a little more about them.
Today we have Chaos Before Gea. Our thanks to drummer Dave and guitarist Razz for answering our questions…
Raul: We’re from Málaga, Spain. But we all live in different towns across the Costa del Sol, home for the retired and drunk Europeans.
How did you meet?
David: Pretty much all the band members were friends or acquaintances from past bands for many years before joining the line-up.
How long have you been playing as a band?
David: The band established itself as Chaos Before Gea in early 2012, but had been playing together since 2008, with slight line-up changes. As we released our last album we were also celebrating our 10th anniversary as a band.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
David: Since our music has been up to this point based on a concept inspired by Greek mythology (amongst many others), at the time we felt that the name fitted just great with the concept of the band and also it states an undeniable truth, before order there was chaos.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Raul: Here come the difficult questions! Well, we’re all influenced by all kinds of music: metalcore, death metal, nu metal, classic prog… but also drum & bass, trance, electronic music… the list goes on!
If you listen to our three albums you’ll instantly notice an evolution in our sound and style.
The first album (Erebo) has an obvious metalcore/nu metal vibe to it, with catchy melodies and riffs. The second one (Kharon) is filled with orchestral arrangements giving it an epic death metal atmosphere. This third album (Chronos) has arguably the oddest time signatures and riffs we’ve written, giving it a more prog death metal sound.
David: We’ve been a band for several years so it’s hard to keep track of the exact number. We’ve certainly played less shows than we’d like but more than our doctors would advice.
Raul: This latest tour has been pretty crazy to be honest. Shows have gotten very intense, exhausting and sometimes even harmful for our health. If you come to one of our gigs you can expect a powerful in-your-face sound driven by massive and precise drumming, supported by beefy bass lines, followed by crazy guitar riffage and vocal lines. All spiced up with gang vocals and five head-banging guys destroying their necks and instruments on stage.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Raul: As we’ve mentioned our shows are now wilder than ever, and sometimes we go just a bit too far. There’s been blood spilled, lots of hair torn and stuck on headstocks and broken gear in almost every show.
David: Just to name a couple of crazy moments, we’ve had our lead singer leave the stage mid-song to throw up due to exhaustion as our drummer took over the vocals while playing, which also caused him to almost pass out by the last song. Also in our latest concert our guitar player went slightly out of control and ended up wounding his finger with the strings, which ended up with his guitar all covered in blood by the end of the gig.
Is this your first time playing on a festival stage?
David: Yes, it’s our first time playing a festival and it’s great to be able to share the stage with such great bands. We’ve opened for big national and international bands bands before such as Soulfly or Vallenfyre but this is nothing like that. We’re talking about a legit festival with some of the bands we’d looked up to since we were kids.