In using two contradicting words in your band name what is it that you want to say with the name?
-Order and chaos are two opposing universal forces, however if you look closely enough, many times there is a method to the disorder. This is especially true when it comes to music, and even more specifically in heavy metal. Whereas an untrained ear may hear only loud drums, distorted guitars and screaming vocals, someone who can fully appreciate the music will find something attractive about the seeming “chaos.” This statement is also reflected in our lyrics. Making sense of a world of chaos around us and putting it into words that we can yell at the top of our lungs. It kind of takes the edge off living through hard times you could say.
What is the main inspiration/influence for creating the music you play, the lyrics you write and the performance you give?
-Every member of the band interprets music differently but we all get something emotionally rewarding from it. I think a lot of our inspiration comes from the lives we lead and the experiences we endure as individuals, and together as a group. We have songs that were written in a moment of pure fantasy, ones that hit much closer to home regarding real life issues, and songs that were written for the sake of creating some kind of amazing musical composition. I don’t believe any of these methods are less valid than any others, but who is to say what drives someone to compose a piece of work other than the artist themselves?
Coming from Canada, does that bring anything positive with in terms of people’s interest in the band? Is there something “exotic” about being Canadian?
-I think Canada has an excellent reputation for putting out quality heavy metal. The Quebec music scene has been very strong for some time, and I think now with bands like The Order of Chaos, Striker, 3 Inches of Blood and many others coming out of the woodwork of western Canada, we’re starting to create a scene here that could develop into a strong hub of creativity. The most memorable music comes from the most united groups of musicians, producers, and everyone else that contributes to a strong musical community. The cold winters here do lend themselves to lots of basement dwelling and writing during those months though!
What is the difference being signed to a small label and DIY, releasing records on your own?
-For a long time we were a totally DIY band, and looking back now at the differences between doing everything yourself and having a partner out there getting your music around the world for you, it’s night and day. Killer Metal Records has been wonderful to deal with, and have gotten our music to places that would have never had a chance to hear it otherwise. Our international fan base has grown, album sales (for what they’re worth these days) have increased and opportunities have been presented to us that would have been near impossible to obtain on our own.
Do you ever feel restricted by strict scene rules as to what you can or cannot do as a metal band?
-I’m very much against placing boundaries on the music we create. I believe that if you go into music (not just heavy metal) with the mindset that only certain sounds should be produced, or it can only be 100% heavy all the time, or that you shouldn’t do this and that, you’re selling yourself short as an artist. I’ve always thought of myself as a musician first, and a metal head second. There is absolutely no reason for us to not try something, or neglect certain ends of the creative spectrum just because we feel obligated by somebody else’ opinions on sub-genres.
How hard is it for a small Canadian band to tour the World? Are you restricted to playing the backyards and alleyways of smaller cities?
-Canada being as big as it is, and as sparsely populated as it is considering its size, does present a few obstacles to a touring band. We’re used to long road trips between gigs, and playing in smaller cities along the way to bigger ones. Western Canada especially isn’t exactly optimal for touring, but it’s just another road block to overcome doing what we love. The real goal of the band in the next year or so is to make it over the pond to Europe and start touring there. We feel that the environment in that part of the world is more accepting to our music and there is much more of a scene for it there than there is here. Don’t get me wrong, the metal community in Edmonton is great! I love playing shows here to passionate music fans, but it’s somewhat of an island on the sea of prairies.
When you are a small band on a small label what chances are there for you to get on the bigger tours/festivals across the globe?
-There are some big fish in the sea out there to contend with! I think a lot of it comes down to achieving maximum global exposure publicly and to having a professional attitude privately. There is so much music out there these days that it’s tough to say what will be the next big act. The only thing you can do is make sure enough people hear your music that whatever percentage of them will appreciate it and demand you play at the next festival/show/tour. Also, and perhaps even more importantly is to build good relationships with others involved in the band community. Nobody wants to work with an unprofessional, disorganized or otherwise undesirable group of people, and this is very true in the professional music world.
How well pleased are you with your latest album? Does it live up to the expectations you had entering the studio?
-I think our last album really reflects the band as it is now more so than the first. Whereas our first album was mostly written by John Simon Fallon, mostly due to the fact there were some lineup changes quite close to the recording time, the second was much more of a group effort of every band mate. It displays the talents of all members quite well and is more of a definitive record for us. I look forward to recording the third because it will once again expand the horizons of the band and bring us together as an even tighter unit than before.
Do you feel that Killer Metal Records are the best choice for the time being?
-Absolutely, KMR has done a lot of ground work for us and has done a great job spreading our name and music to a much wider audience than we would have otherwise been able to reach. Having a business relationship with someone who lives a continent away at one time may have been difficult or impossible, but with the internet at our disposal it’s like he works right next door. Not to mention being located in Germany he is in somewhat of a heartland of heavy metal. KMR has done an excellent job looking after us this far, and hopefully we’ll continue with a great partnership in the future.
What is it that you want to achieve with the band? Any grander plans for the future?
-The immediate goals of the band include the final preparations for the recording of our third album, and continuing to support the release of our last one. This includes setting dates for a European tour this year and keeping active writing new music. This year we also introduced a new member to the group. Ryan King of Edmonton metal band Quietus (who will also be releasing an album in the near future) will be permanently filling bass guitar duties for us. I think there are some exciting developments around the corner for The Order of Chaos and time will tell how grand they may be. Keep posted by following our Facebook fanpage and website at www.theorderofchaos.ca