Who is Downfall of Gaia?
Downfall os Gaia is Dominik ( guitar/vocals), Peter (guitar/vocals), Anton (bass/vocals) and Hannes (drums). We formed in 2008 out of the ashes of our old band.
How did you come up with this name? Does it have a deeper meaning for you?
We tried to choose a name that fits to our lyrics and the topics with which we deal in our songs and a name that describes our music before people heard any of our songs.
How would you describe the Downfall of Gaia sound?
It’s always not that easy to describe our sound to people that never heard it before. I would say a lot of things are coming together when it comes to our sound. Somewhere between doom, black metal, downtempo, sludge, hardcore, post metal and maybe some post rock parts.
Where would you say you draw alot of your influences from?
We are influenced by a lot of stuff. On a musical base all of us are listening to lots of different music as long as it’s good. As i said before – when it comes to downfall of gaia i guess we are influenced by doom, black metal, downtempo, sludge, post rock etc. and we try to combine all of those elements and let them become one.
Do you cover any particular issues in your lyrics? Do you have a message to project?
I wouldn’t say that there is a speacial message that we try to project. Of course all of us are political people and each song or record definitively deals with a topic that is important for us but all of that is written down on a very metaphoric way. so there is enough space for the people to create their own song meaning.
How has the band grown since it’s creation back in 2006 was it?
Anton and me formed this band in 2006 with our first drummer. In 2008 Peter joined and we changed our name and also our musical style changed from that day on. Downfall of Gaia was born. I would say that we developed on a natural way over the years. We grew on a musical base and our shows became more intense. Our songwriting grew and over the years we learned to combine different elements way better as we did before.
Can you give a brief history of the band’s releases up to this point?
Till today we released a demo cd, a split tape with Kazan from france, a tour ep, a full length called „Epos“, s split lp with In The Hearts Of Emperors from sweden and in october we will release our new record, a 2×12 lp /cd called “Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes”.
Are you working on any new material at the moment?
Our new record will be released in october but after that we will start writing new songs as soon as possible.
What can people expect from a new Downfall of Gaia release?
I would say our new record has got the most dynamic that we ever had. We gave those songs more time to grow and combined more influences and elements as we did before. The new record is darker and more aggressiv as our older releases.
Is the live component of Downfall of Gaia an important aspect of the bands existence?
For sure ! Live shows and touring are the most interesting part of being in a band.
We love to hit the road and play shows.
Do you find it difficult to express the mood and depth of recordings live?
Not really. Live is always more intense as a record. We try our best to capture the best possible sound and atmosphere from our records and to integrate it into our live performances.
How would you describe the Downfall of Gaia live experience?
I think i’m not the right person to answer that kind of question. This one belongs to someone that shows up at a show. As i said before – we always try our best to capture sound and atmosphere, the rest belongs to the audience.
What lies in the foreseeable future for you?
The focus is on our new record and touring. Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes will be available worldwide on october 9th. After that we will hit russia for a really short tour and besides that more touring is planned for next 2013. we just started talking about some upcoming tours but nothing is confirmed so far.
Thank you very much for your time, any final words?
Thank you very much for doing this interview with us ! It really means a lot that people out there care about the stuff that we do. thanks ! Dominik + Downfall of Gaia