It is with very heavy heart that we inform you that the “Shadow of the Castle” festival in Scarborough which was scheduled for this coming weekend has been cancelled. The owners of the venue closed the place and the promoters were informed just yesterday with only four days notice. Many apologies for anyone who had planned to travel.
To say we are gutted is an understatement. Of course we cherish every gig opportunity and bit of support we get but Scarborough and the Resurrection team hold a special place in our heart. I’d like to extend on behalf of the band our love and support for them at this difficult time. I know how much hard work and love went into planning this festival in spite of some very challenging times for them personally. If there is anything we can do as a band to help then please do not hesitate to let us know.
At least in part, the band will be in Scarborough for the weekend regardless. The digs are booked, the weather is great and there is beer to be drunk. We’d rather have been playing but we can at least try and enjoy ourselves.
Our next appearance is the rescheduled, rescheduled “Twisted Firestarter #2” Infest warm-up night at Bradford’s Nightrain on Thurs 25th August.
We are super excited to release our brand new single “Storm”.
Storm is the first song to feature our new line-up with the talents of Izak Gloom on guitar. It’s a song that we’ve had kicking about for a few years, originally composed around the time we were writing songs for “Raven“. It was never quite finished and it didn’t really fit in at the time. With the added input of Kaz and Izak, we feel that is very much not the case now. It’s a barnstormer of a song! We hope you enjoy it.
As with every online single release, we’ve included a b-side, this time a total rework/remix of the title track from the “Time and Tide” album. This has been a few years in the making. The original piece was an atmospheric instrumental, written in the studio in one session, almost a last minute thing really. Our friend Phil Sibson (aka Bad Disciple) loved it and heard something completely different in it. He came back to us with a completely new recording of it with a different vibe. I loved it and it inspired me to write some lyrics, which I did and then recorded some vocals. It kind of got left for a while after that as something didn’t quite click. Phil’s version, brilliant as it was, did not retain any of the original instrumentation which I wanted to keep and play with. I kept poking at it periodically and eventually decided to completely redo it, keeping much of the original instrumentation but adopting the vibe of Phil’s version. I asked goth extraordinaire Lee Meadows (aka Batboy Slim) if he’d like to get involved with the drum track in order to get a fresh pair of ears and a different vibe on the job. As always, he did a sterling job. I love working with Lee. We have come up with something I am really proud of. It certainly offers quite a contrast to the a-side, kind of the calm after the storm. This version is called “Time and Tide (again)”. I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed creating it.
“Storm” is available from all good digital outlets from 4th February, 2022
2022 will be a milestone year for us as we celebrate ten years of the band’s existence. It seems like an appropriate time to take a look back at its origins and journey so far …
The seeds of what came to be Dawn of Elysium were originally sown at the back end of 2011, the exact date being 2nd December in fact. It was a night at the long defunct infamous Gasworks rock club in Bradford, which was hosting the Carpe Noctum goth night. Bands playing were Alice Moving Under Skies and Rhombus, both of which delivered fantastic sets.
Carpe Noctum’s promoter Howard and I had been friends for a few years by that point, having been on the same team running events at previous venues in town. I had been to a fair few of his events before that. Whilst I had a modicum of awareness and always liked what I heard (Howard has always been an impeccable curator of events), I had hitherto not really taken the time to appreciate the bands quite as much as on this particular night. Gothic rock had been a profound influence on my formative years and has always played some part in the music I create. However on a social level, I had never really been a part of or known many people that were a part of that scene. In the years that followed this night, that would change.
Emma and I had not been together for long. We were both in bands. Emma played in Action Directe and the then embryonic Quasimodo and I had post-punk project Suicide By Cop. After watching the bands that night, we concluded that it might be cool for us to do something together. Throughout the month of December, various conversations were had down the pub and by the end of the year, we had our first line-up “on paper”. It was the start of our journey, although there were to be a few stumbles along the way.
Rehearsals commenced on 15th January 2012. In attendance were Emma and myself on bass and guitar respectively, Paul “Punky” Brannan on vocals, Paul Stefan-Gill on guitar and Phil Holroyd on drums. The band was originally to be called “The Wraith”. However, that incarnation was not destined to be. None of us had played together before and there were personality clashes aplenty almost from the off. It was a manic and overwhelming time and by the March, the two Pauls had parted company with the rest of us, taking the name with them.
They briefly continued playing together some time later under the moniker “The Wraith Within” as a studio project with a view to getting a live band together but it never really came to anything. It was on the whole a very brief formation, split and two rival faction scenario. I guess that rendered that particular Spinal Tap-esque “goth band” box ticked very early on in the story. In reality, things ended up being fairly amicable and although we haven’t seen much of each other since, ultimately friendships remained intact. Nothing to see here. Not even on a subliminal level.
Meanwhile, we decided upon the name “Dawn of Elysium” and the band was rebooted. Over the course of the spring and summer, the remaining three of us plugged away at getting a sound together. It was primitive, it was basic but it was ours. Our first appearance in front of people was on 8th September 2012, where we played a short set at the Black Swan pub for a friend’s birthday. It was a brief, casual and unadvertised affair so we never really considered it to be our first proper gig. I also felt that there was something missing from our sound. This was to be rectified shortly after.
In attendance that night was keyboardist Charles Shelley, whom we had contacted just prior to the gig about the possibility of joining the band. He liked what he heard and we immediately became good friends. Charles joined the band on 12th September the following week and we quickly set about recording what was to be our first EP “Sense of Belonging”. Throughout the autumn, we played our first bona fide gigs and completed the EP.
We started 2013 in earnest, continuing to write and rehearse. However, it became evident by the February that being in a band wasn’t really for Phil and so we parted ways. We took the decision to proceed as a three piece without a live drummer and really this marked the end of the beginning.
In the six years or so between March 2013 and December 2018, we continued just the three of us, playing anywhere and everywhere that would have us. We self-recorded and released our first album “Time and Tide” and published a bunch of songs online. It had been a great ride but towards the end of 2018, we started to feel like we were running out of steam, both creatively and motivationally. It was time for change and in the year to follow, that’s exactly what happened.
In 2019 we released “Raven”, our second album and expanded the line-up to four (enter Tim Furze on guitar) and later five (enter Kaz Buxton on vocal). This enhanced the live sound exponentially. During this time, a number of the older songs were left behind in favour of newer material as the band evolved. More gigs were played further afield than before and there was a real feeling of optimism and momentum.
However, the pandemic of 2020 arrived and brought many challenges to bands and musicians the world over. Despite a great live start and a string of releases throughout the year, Dawn of Elysium was no exception. Unfortunately, just before the band was about to reconvene after a period of separation, Tim decided that he no longer felt able to continue with the band. This was in April 2021.
In the weeks to follow, Izak Gloom joined the fold, incorporating a very different guitar style to the overall sound. Consequently, it was necessary to take a step back and set about reworking material old and new to accomodate. We eventually played our first gig with this line-up in October 2021. Since then, we have been working on the recording of our brand new single “Storm”, which is due for release in early 2022. Work also continues on our third album “The Mandela Effect”, which we hope to release later in 2022.
The band as it sounds today is a world away from that of 2012 and we are even in a very different chapter than that of the 2013-2018 “Trio” years. We’re already starting to put together plans for a few gigs next year to celebrate this ten year milestone.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support we have received over the years and we’re looking forward to seeing in 2022 with a bang!
Have a wonderful festive period and hope you all have a very happy new year.
We regret to announce that our planned performance on 27th August will not be taking place as anticipated. However all is not lost, the Twisted Firestarter (Infest warm-up) event has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday 25th August 2022.
Originally set to take place in 2020, this event had already been postponed once due to the pandemic and whilst live music is cautiously opening back up again and some form of the festival will be taking place, the Infest team felt that this year was not the right time to revert back to a full blown weekend. These are difficult decisions for festivals to make right now. We would like to extend our gratitude and support to the organisers of the event and rest assured, we will be raring to go next year.
We’d also like to thank the Nightrain for their excellent communication and understanding following the postponement and we are very much looking forward to playing our debut at the venue on 30th October as support to the excellent Syteria.
We are just a month into rehearsing together with our new line-up and whilst we were feeling “match fit” to play a solid Dawn of Elysium set, we do welcome the opportunity to spend some more time introducing new material and getting the evolving sound more together before bringing this version of the band to a stage. We are also continuing work on the next album and are really excited at the way it is coming together.
We are super excited to announce our latest addition to the band. Following Tim’s departure in March, Izak Gloom (aka Izak Buxton) has stepped in as guitarist. Please join us in welcoming him to the fold. Izak has been a friend of mine for many years and he brings with him a wealth of experience and a very strong musical history.
Izak was originally a member of Chorus of Ruin, a band which emerged from West Yorkshire in the early 90’s, alongside gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride and gained an underground cult following, which I believe endures to this day. Following a time in stoner/grunge metal band Silverburn, he later went on to play with legendary acts Lazarus Blackstar, Monolith Cult and Solstice before forming his own band Wolves In Winter last year. Primarily a bassist by trade, Izak is also an accomplished guitarist and he brings with him a different perspective and a wealth of ideas. Although he has a passion for the heavier end of the musical spectrum, his influences reach far and wide and he has a very keen ear for melody and harmony.
It’s early days in this chapter of the band yet as Izak familiarises himself with our existing material. However, he is already raring to get involved with writing new things and contributing to the tracks we have in the pipeline. There is much to look forward to indeed.
If you have been to any of our gigs over the last couple of years, you may well recognise Izak. He is the husband of our singer Kaz and has been incredibly supportive of us, often taking care of the merch stand amongst other things.
As the live scene slowly winds back up again, we have just two gigs in the diary for 2021 as yet.
Our first appearance with the new line-up will be at Nightrain, Bradford as part of the Infest warm-up festivities on the August bank holiday weekend. With Infest plans in flux, the exact details of our appearance are still a work in progress. It was originally intended that we play on the Thursday night but this is almost definitely subject to change and we are not in a position to announce anything further at this time.
Our second appearance will be on 30th October, again at Nightrain. This time with Syteria. More details TBA.
This last year has presented a multitude of challenges for many people and bands and unfortunately, Dawn of Elysium has been no exception.
It is with heavy heart that we say goodbye to Tim Furze who had been with the band since the beginning of 2019. Along with Kaz, Tim has been instrumental in helping further evolve the band’s sound throughout the past couple of years and his contributions will be very much remembered and respected.
It would not be proper to go into the particulars of his decision, suffice to say that it was not one which was easily reached. The band as a whole will continue to support him. We all hold a great deal of affection for him and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.
2022 will mark the band’s tenth anniversary and we are hoping to celebrate the occasion with some kind of event. We hope that Tim will be in some way involved.
For now though, both parties must move on, more news of which later.
See you at the bar Tim, we love you buddy!
Thanks to the many talented photographers for capturing Tim in action so splendidly.
We are very excited to present our third and final release of the year “Far From Home”.
In contrast with our previous release “Driftwood“, “Far From Home” sees us return to our darker, heavier progressive goth sound. The a-side “Gravity (far from home)” is a full remix of the track “Gravity” from the “Raven” album with added vocals.
The song was originally written back in 2005 for a previous band and has always had lyrics but with the exception of the opening section, Dawn of Elysium played it as an instrumental piece. This worked rather well for a time but when Kaz joined the band and added her vocals to it, something magical happened and despite having not that long since recorded and released it, we felt it was well worth a revisit. We hope you enjoy what we’ve done with it.
The b-side is a cover of Sisters of Mercy’s “Poison Door”. After finishing the work on the acoustic / orchestral and very serious vibe of Driftwood, we felt it was necessary to redress the balance somewhat, return to our goth roots and have some fun in the process whilst not having to think too much about composition. Poison Door is a song I have loved for many years and have secretly wanted to play it for ages so we thought – why not? Yes we’re probably breaking some goth convention somewhere and have probably raised a sneer or two from the “too cool for school” brigade but we’d like to think we have made it our own and in our defence we’ve not picked an obvious one. Have listen, we hope you like it and that you listen to it in the fun spirit with which it was recorded.
We are very pleased to announce the release of our latest EP “Driftwood”.
Somewhat of an excursion for Dawn of Elysium in a couple of ways, the idea for releasing Driftwood was born from the acoustic performance we did for Alastair Appleby as covered in our previous article. Of the four tracks performed on that day, we took those versions of “Why Now? Why Me?” and “Lost And Found” into the studio and developed them further, adding orchestration and piano to each.
Sandwiched between the two is a song from our forthcoming album “The Mandela Effect”. More news of which later.
Somewhat of an oddity in itself, “Ghost in the Machine” was started off with the intentions of becoming a bridging piece on the album but it evolved into something more substantial. We are very pleased to announce that the song has been adopted for inclusion in a forthcoming film called “Scarred Evolution” and we thought it would be a good opportunity to release it in its current form, hence the title “Ghost in the Machine (Scarred Evolution)”. The track’s journey has not yet finished and the version on the album will likely be different but it gives a taste of the kind of vibe to expect. In contrast to the acoustic/orchestral vibe of the other two songs, “Ghost in the Machine” explores our more progressive influences to a greater degree than previous work.
The EP releases on Friday 13th November and will be available from all good digital outlets. A physical CD release will follow, more news on that later.
Driftwood is dedicated to Alastair and was recorded as a thank you for all of the support he has given us throughout the years.
It has been a very sombre weekend for us in DOE. Our most loyal fan and beloved friend Alastair Appleby is approaching his final days. Some friends rallied round and put together a private gig for him and we were invited to take part. In these difficult times the band has been out of action for some months so assembling the full unit was not possible. The idea of us performing a stripped down acoustic set was mentioned. This was not something we were in the habit of doing and I had not played my acoustic guitar for years. Nevertheless, not participating was not an option so Kaz and I quickly set about putting a short set together and after a period of intense practice, we had something we considered befitting of Alastair. Stalwart of the scene and general all round diamond geezer Martin Aylward did an amazing job of putting the event together which Alastair referred to as his living wake. It was an honour and a privilege to take part and playing for him this last time was a special memory we shall cherish forever. When gigs get back to normal we will miss seeing him from our vantage point.
To have someone who truly loves and appreciates the music you make is a very special and humbling thing and something we will always treasure. We love you Alastair, you will always be in our hearts and a huge part of the Dawn of Elysium story.