Four becomes five

Just a few months after recruiting new guitarist Tim Furze, we are delighted to announce that we have expanded our numbers further.

On 16th July, Kaz Buxton joined the fold as additional lead vocalist.

Kaz had previously joined us on stage a couple of times to sing “Divide and Conquer”, which is a song she originally sang in our old band Suicide By Cop. A desire for her to be more musically active, coupled with us wondering what she might sound like singing some of our other material led us to getting together to see what happens.

It’s very early days as yet but so far it’s sounding great. We are really looking forward to giving a taster of things to come at the Shadow of the Castle festival this coming Saturday.

Going forward, I still intend to perform some lead vocal duties as well as write the lyrics, so hopefully we won’t be changing beyond all recognition, although we will continue to experiment as is the ethos of the band.

Depending on availability, future gigs may or may not feature all five of us, especially during this transitional period.

We are already working on our next recordings, which will feature the full line-up. More on this in due course.

Spring bank holiday mini-tour

We are excited to announce a mini tour over the spring bank holiday weekend. Three cities over three days, taking in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester and all at venues which we have never played before.

On Friday 24th May, we play at Temple of Boom as support to US Death Rock legends Christian Death. Although we play Leeds reasonably regularly, this is a new venue for us and we have heard nothing but good things about it. Massive thanks to Lecky for the opportunity. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday 25th May sees us travelling to Sheffield to play as an absolute belter of a line-up hosted by Night Shift promotions. It’s at The Mulberry and features Lesbian Bed Death, Syd.31, Jan Doyle Band and Black Riders Cult. Cheers to Derek for thinking of us. We are very much looking forward to it. Have a look at the Facebook event page for ticket, times and up to date line-up details.

On Sunday 26th May we cross the Pennines over to Manchester to play at Rebellion for another date on the Christian Death Beyond The Veil tour. It’s an action packed and varied bill featuring Vukovar Vukovar, Lesbian Bed Death, Petrichor and Pallas Athena. Many thanks to the guys at Rebellion for including us. The Facebook event page gives up to date information on the line-up, times and tickets.

We’re looking forward to getting out and about, making some new friends and playing to some new faces at some new places. See you down the front!

By Alec Posted in Blog
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Video: No More

Written and performed by Dawn of Elysium

Video footage filmed and edited by Martin Aylward of Slim Chance Productions at the launch night of our Raven album, Carpe Noctum, 2nd February, 2019.

Audio recorded and produced by Alec Marlow at Idle Hands Studio.

By Alec Posted in Video

NEW RELEASE: Raven album + launch party and new guitarist

We are delighted to announce that we have completed the second album. Entitled “Raven”, it’s a follow-up to 2016’s Time and Tide. Although a much shorter work in comparison, Raven explores more sonic territory, showcasing some of our hardest hitting and also some of our most ambient/atmospheric material yet. We have been working on this piecemeal over the last 2 years, with lots of ideas being tried, tested and scrapped in the process. The album told us when it was finished and so we recently brought it up to standard and completed it.

Raven will be available from all good digital outlets (Bandcamp, Apple music, Amazon, Spotify, Google play and many more) and released on CD digipack on 2nd February to coincide with our first headline appearance at Carpe Noctum, the flagship northern goth/alternative night. We have played this event a handful of times over the past few years. It has been our favourite venue and club night and it would seem that we have “earned our stripes” sufficiently to play the headline slot. Howard is a very trusted curator and has very high standards and so we can’t see this as anything other than an accolade. We feel very humbled indeed. The event is at The Library, Leeds and we’re honoured to be sharing the bill with the formidable co-headliners Sometime The Wolf and newcomers The Seventh Victim who are opening proceedings.

The gig will also welcome our brand new addition Tim Furze, who joins us on guitar. We initially advertised for an additional guitarist some 5 years ago but never really actively pursued it as there has always been a great chemistry between the 3 of us. Any addition to the mix would always have had to have been exactly the right person both musically and personally. Tim has been a friend and fan of the band for quite some time and after actually only recently learning that he plays guitar, we began the conversation. Beginning with the band just this year, he has very quickly found his place and contributed massively to the sound. Tim also features on the album.

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Tim Furze – rehearsal 15/01/19

We are all very much looking forward to releasing the album and progressing on as a 4-piece. It has given us a fresh resolve and started an exciting new chapter in the band.

Carpe Noctum: Dawn of Elysium + Sometime The Wolf + Seventh Victim – Facebook event page

NEW RELEASE: Divide and Conquer EP

 

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of this three track EP for your delight.

Divide and Conquer is a song I wrote almost ten years ago for my old project Suicide By Cop. The original version we recorded back then was a slow and powerful epic, co-written with SBC’s keyboardist Mick Dunn. After Mick left the band, we tried to rework it without keys. Its original tempo didn’t work too well, so we sped it up and gave the drums a more tribal feel. Even though we had some fun with it in the few years to follow, I always felt it was unfinished but by that time it was that ingrained, we struggled to add to it. It desperately needed a mid-section.

With the song being left alone for a number of years and the niggling feeling that there was something unfinished about it, I thought it might benefit from the Elysium treatment. I then set about re-recording it from scratch. When I wrote the lyrics back in 2009, I imagined something more up-tempo, something a bit VNV Nation. Therefore I had that in mind as well as cues from the later SBC live version. It also gave me the opportunity to record the vocals with the original phrasing. Kaz did a brilliant job on the SBC recording but she had changed a couple of things, mainly to assist her in delivering the lines comfortably. The differences are few and subtle but one especially is fundamental to my ears. The chord structure has been retained for the main part of the song and as such is recognisable. Full credit goes to Mick for that. I also added that much needed mid-section and a fitting intro. Emma and Charles added their own bass and keyboard parts respectively to the song, thus completing its “Elysification”. This recording is somewhat of an anomaly as it’s kind of an imagining of the original song which was in my head when I was writing it, before we put it together in SBC but also kind of a cover of the song it eventually turned into.

Sadly, the song seems to be lyrically more relevant with each passing year. Since writing it almost a decade ago, there have been countless divisive devices deployed in the media to keep us all arguing with each other and the proliferation of social media has only exacerbated this.

Riding The Cloud was the first track to appear on the Time and Tide album, yet it was the last one we wrote for it. Consequently, I have since felt it was recorded somewhat prematurely. It has been a live favourite for some time and I had been wanting to re-record the vocals in particular for a long while. So I took the decision to rework it. I thought that the main body of the song would lend itself well to being a “single” version in its own right. We also took the opportunity to touch up some other parts before remixing it from the ground up. This is more than just a “snipped” down version, each track has been carefully readdressed. It’s a lyrically a favourite of mine and addresses the social anxiety which plagues me from time to time.

The Last Time (Bad Disciple) is another re-imagining of one of our songs by Phil Sibson (Bad Disciple). After his fantastic rework of This Rising Sun, which we published as a “b-side” of “Drown”, he got his teeth into The Last Time. This is much more than just a remix or cover. As he did for This Rising Sun, he pretty much stripped everything away apart from the vocals, reworking and restructuring the whole piece as very much a synth based affair. Phil has a very unique ear and has worked on our material a few times. He hears certain essences and echoes within the song and brings them to the fore, resulting in something which is more a complement piece to the original, as opposed to a “different version”.

This EP will be available to buy and stream from all good digital outlets. It’s up on Bandcamp now and the others will follow shortly.

Hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!

By Alec Posted in Blog

Rock Off Fibro – CD compilation

We are extremely honoured to announce that our track “Drown” has been selected for inclusion on the forthcoming “Rock Off Fibro” double CD. There’s a total of 36 artists on it. It also includes other great bands like Spear of Destiny, Spizzenergi, Sex Gang Children, The Main Grains, The Membranes, 1919, Evil Blizzard, Ferocious Dog & many more. Details on how & where to get this very soon!

All the profit goes to Rock off Fibro, which has now set a goal off raising enough funds to open the UKs first Fibromyalgia and chronic pain centre,working with local GPs and Medical professionals along with Welsh Assembly members, community groups.

What is Fibromyalgia?

There are over 130 Symptoms related to Pain, Neurological, Equilibrium, Sleep, Vision, Congenitive difficulties. Very little is known about the illness and the chemical imbalance between the Spinal cord and the Brain. Because of this, signals are sent to nerve receptors all over the body to open to their maximum state, which in turn leads to excruciating pain all over the body along with many other symptoms.

Well done to Martin Aylward and everyone involved with putting this together and it goes without saying that we offer our fullest support to this cause.

Coming up in spring / summer 2018 …..

After a personally eventful 2017 with band activities significantly reduced, we resolved this year to change that and get back out playing. After a bit of bad luck with some events being cancelled, we only ended up playing three shows last year, two of which were for our friends at Goth City Promotions. 2018 is already telling quite a different story.

On Saturday¬†24th February, we played our debut in York at The Fulford Arms supporting Leeds punk legends The Expelaires. Opening proceedings was York/Leeds band Void Ship Captains, who play a very atmospheric and enjoyable mix of post-rock, shoegaze and goth. Pretty original stuff. We are very much looking forward to playing with both bands again. We had a fantastic time at the Fulford, massive thanks to Chris Sherrington for putting us on. We’re really looking forward to coming back sometime.

Our spring/summer programme of gigs kicks on on Saturday¬†24th March with a welcome return to The Exchange in Keighley. Haworth steampunk/folky-goth band Black Horse Fairy kindly invited us to help celebrate their album launch. Last time we played in Keighley, we played with them and hit it off rather well. They are lovely people who create some fantastic music. Opening this one are our stable mates Echofire who have a great contemporary rock sound. They are very close friends of ours and it’s lovely to be sharing a bill with them.

On Friday 30th March (Good Friday), we’re at Trash in Bradford as part of an all weekend extravaganza called “Easterfest”. It’s our first time at Trash and it looks like we’re on early doors for this one (stage times TBA) but there are some great bands on all weekend from many different genres.

On Friday 13th April, we’re back at our spiritual home of The Black Swan, Bradford for the first time since October 2016. The pub has seen a few changes in the intervening time, with it even closing down for a time but we’re pleased to see it back open again and its legacy continue. Special guests for this one will be our good buddies Shane Pain and his eponymous band who have been making waves in the area over the last few months.

Saturday 5th May sees us return to Bradford’s legendary 1in12 Club, playing as part of what’s set to be a legendary bill as Carpe Noctum returns back to the city for a homecoming special to help celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary. Carpe Noctum began at the 1in12 club some 19 years ago and has since grown from strength to strength, becoming the north’s premier goth and dark alternative night. It’s a five band bill with us
playing alongside 1919, The (Danse) Society, The Expelaires and The Lost Souls as well as the notorious club night until the wee small hours. I am getting excited about this one, just typing this out!

Saturday 16th June we’re playing as part of a very exciting 4 band bill at The Underground. The night is part of a UK tour by Inertia, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Also on the bill is US act Android Lustwho is over for her first shows in the UK and London dark electronic band Global Citizen.

Friday 22nd June sees us playing our first and only Leeds date of the year so far and at a venue we haven’t played before. We’re on at The Primrose with our friends The Lost Souls.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the bands and promoters we’ve been working with so far to bring this together and as always, we’re open to offers and suggestions of further gigs. Feel free to get in touch.

Details of all upcoming and past shows can be found on our Gigs page, so please keep checking back for changes.