Germany/New York post black metallers, DOWNFALL OF GAIA, will be returning to the States next month for a 2015 live expedition. Presented by HeavyBlogisHeavy.com, the tour will embark on January 23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, with the trek coming to a close on February 13th in Brooklyn, New York. The band will be touring in support of their recently released, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay full-length.
Vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis comments: “We are pretty excited to return to the States and present our new record Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay for the first time live on stage! Six months of silence has passed and finally we are ready to hit the road again! Can’t wait for this ride!”
DOWNFALL OF GAIA:
1/23/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
1/24/2015 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
1/25/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/26/2015 DC9 – Washington, DC
1/27/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/28/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
1/29/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
1/30/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
1/31/2015 Fubar – St. Petersburg, FL
2/01/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
2/03/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
2/04/2015 Double Wide – Dallas, TX
2/05/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
2/06/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/07/2015 Frequency Mansion – Madison, WI
2/08/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
2/09/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
2/10/2015 The Monkey House – Burlington, VT
2/12/2015 TBA- Boston, MA
2/13/2015 Saint Vitus – New York, NY
DOWNFALL OF GAIA is a dark wall, moving forward relentlessly, enveloping the listener, absorbing one’s spirit to take one into the realm of the band’s potent sound. Founded in 2008 and having undergone several changes on drums, the quartet is now comprised of Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar, vocals), Peter Wolff (guitar, vocals), Anton Lisovoj (bass, vocals) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City. Although the group’s roots lie within the crust punk scene, they’ve become more closely associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock, and dirty sludge, while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of living.
In their early days, they released one demo, which was heavily influenced by d-beat, in addition to a split tape with French band Kazan in advance to a tour EP in 2009. Their debut album, Epos, followed in 2010, which was realized with the help of several DIY-labels. The band’s connection to the DIY and punk scenes eventually led to a split LP with In The Hearts Of Emperors on Alerta Antifascista, one of the most important punk labels in Germany, as well as Moment Of Collapse and Shove Records.
The band never intended to stagnate, and naturally their sound underwent significant changes. DOWNFALL OF GAIA eventually drifted from fast crust punk beginnings towards longer, slower and massive material that embraced the realms of doom and sludge. In 2012, this new sound was heard on their second album, and first for Metal Blade Records, titled Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes, which more than satisfied what fans of infinite heaviness longed for.
Now in 2014 comes Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. Recorded at ’79 Sound Studio in Cologne, mixed at renowned Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco and mastered at Audiosiege in Portland, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay is the soundtrack to mankind’s most powerful enemy: time, which passes without mercy; a journey to the dark sides each individual has to fight on a day to day basis. Time in its majesty is an unbeatable enemy and all human beings have to deal with loss, change and unwanted circumstances. Elaborates Cvlt Nation, “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay is cut into three pieces: the first part is a post-blackish, aggressive and hopeless sound that just makes your soul crave for a mercy killing; then you fall under a rather classical but effective post metal with an ambient aftertaste, only to finally go to a despairing ending that connects with the opening,” Rock Hard notes, “Right from the start, the album offers anchors and hooks while growing stronger and stronger as it goes. The great songs ‘Of Stillness And Solitude’ and ‘To Carry Myself To The Grave’ in the center are the sun around which everything else revolves – shining brightly yet still destructive,” while Metal.de adds, “Anger, hatred, despair, but also catharsis – DOWNFALL OF GAIA unite all this on their new Album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. One fat chunk of an album!”