New Zealander's Dawn of Azazel are another band playing at METALSTOCK in Sydney this month.
Faith put on her interviewer's hat again and asked vocalist/bassist Rigel Walshe a few questions. Read on...
You guys have landed some killer international and local support slots, how was the recent Behemoth tour?
Really killer, we played with the behemoth guys at the Hellraiser open air festival last year, so we knew them already, and they were great to tour with. The crowds in your country were great as always too. We played our 100th show for Sedition on the tour, which of course we celebrated by passing out a round of shots to the crowd, and I couldn't have thought of a better place to be celebrating.
Which country were you surprised by the most on your international tour with Krisiun, Grave and Immolation? Any culture shocks?
Well we had been to most of them before on our last European tour, but never realized how fruity Germans got at those festivals, wearing pink hats and trying to kiss and hump you when they've had too many brews, we had to give them a few cultural lessons on what happens to your face when you do that in NZ :)
Most memorable moment on tour so far?
Fuck theres alot, but maybe ill go with when we were last in Germany playing an open air festival and we and Leng Tche stacked 6 drunken passed out Germans and pissed all over them. That was pretty funny shit.
How do you keep up your energy levels on tour?
Well everyones got their own tricks, but for me the secret is really as simple as to keep drinking. Once you get on the bandwagon mate you are gonna crash when you come down, so like they say when your going through hell, keep going!
How is the metal scene in NZ these days? Any bands you would recommend checking out?
The scene is pretty strong here these days, its a small county, but there definitely are some killer bands, Ulcerate, Sinate, Meatyard, Akaname, Vassafor, Diocletian, Aethea, Scoria, Backyard Burial, Slave Cadaver, Vixen Execution, Ravenous
What have DOA been working on of late, any new material in the works?
Well we have just changed over drummers so we have been pretty busy getting Jeremy settled in and just getting tight again. We have a whole lot of new material, its just a matter of getting onto learning that when we get back from this upcoming Australian tour.
Are you guys all trying to still hold regular jobs or are you truly full time musicians now?
Haha no I don't think thats really going to be a realistic goal for musicians making extreme metal in this part of the world, its so expensive to get to a part of the world where you can play everyday for weeks on end, which is really how most people in this business make a living. We are doing ok but we still got a way to go before we get to that level.
Do DOA love sheep as much as an Aussie would presume they do? hahaha
No, but I hear you fuck Kangeroos, you threw another shrimp on the barbie, a dingo stole your baby. And you are a cunt.
Did any of you make new year's resolutions and are you actually keeping them?
Well I had a few that Id rather not mention, but the most successfull so far has been my one to drink more vodka and other white spirits, im making some really good progress in that regard.
Thanks alot for the interview, see ya in a month!
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