Chronolyth: The Weight

"We won’t ever truly conform to any particular genre"....

 

Chronolyth are determined to keep the machine rolling upon the release of the bands sophomore album Atrophy. A judgment in which the band admits they should have made for the release of the band’s debut; Sovereign in 2013. Noted for their live performance and drawing in various punters due to their diverse material; Chronolyth have upped the intensity and aggression through Atrophy and currently in the midst of a national tour Metal As Fuck caught up with vocalist Hamish McSorley to go over the ins and outs of the bands sophomore album....   

Chronolyth are currently underway on a 17 date national tour promoting the band’s sophomore album ‘Atrophy’. How is the new material being received by the crowds thus far? “It finally hit us playing a gig in Maryborough recently; we were actually speechless from the positive response. When we first finished the album we were a little worried about the reaction because – well, it’s still the Chronolyth sound but it is different enough to be noticeable. So yeah we were wondering on the response during the tour yet so far it has been nothing short of amazing”.

You mention a ‘different sound’ – so what were some of your initiatives behind the material and ultimately was it everything you envisioned it to be? “To be honest we went into the studio without a clear picture of what we wanted the album to be. I find it an increasing inclination lately within the metal community that a lot of bands are competing with one another and themselves; everyone is trying to be heavier than the band before them – I think we’re now at a point where metal aint gonna get much heavier, so why not just go crazy with it. Combine and blend your influences and the genres. So this is what we kind of wanted to do – we knew we wanted to up the intensity and aggression which has definitely come across within the album but we also wanted to dip our toes into a lot of different sounds and genres. So in the end we surpassed ourselves and ultimately didn’t repeat ourselves”. 

What had you learnt writing and recording this album compared to the debut? “It was actually a lot harder. On the first album I wrote two songs, Alex [Nisiriou - Guitar] wrote a large majority of the songs – it had basically been his baby since he was 16 years of age and the album he always wanted to write. So when it came to writing this album we were stuck. It came upon ourselves and ultimately we were all responsible for writing it. It lead to a few disagreements and it started out quite rusty – we had gone through a period of touring and we started writing and nothing seemed to work, nothing was clicking. It came to a point where we knew we could do better. I didn’t write any guitar for the new album, I wrote all the lyrics - I focused more on my vocal performance and adding that aspect to the album. Ben [Constable - Guitar] & Alex continued to bounce ideas off one another – they worked well together and found their groove and we stuck with it. [Michael] Gee, the drummer, well he did what he was told [Laughs] to sum up – I think the way this album was differed from the first was that it was a lot messier but in the end we got there”.

Seeing as that you’ve written the two albums together now, can you affirm that the band can both write and work together well in the recording aspect? “Live; we’ve definitely gotten into a performance we’re comfortable with and I believe that has now transitioned to our writing, so much so that the third album for Chronolyth we’ll be going into the studio with a lot more confidence than we had with our second. It is difficult going into record your sophomore album – having to top your first, nothing you do can ever top your first effort. The pressures of the sophomore album can be intense. Fans are always divided too; half want the same, the other half wants something more. Atrophy is not our first album on repeat – we certainly have a lot more diversity”.

Now that you have the second album out how are you contrasting new to old? “It’s funny; I don’t think you can compare one album to the last. In my mind they are two different albums and they need to be assessed individually. You will always be compared to your past albums but I feel like Atrophy is not too drastic a change and it’s definitely bridging the gap to what’s coming up on the next album. I can guarantee we will continue to improve ourselves and we know we have a long way to go – we’ve gotten to the point where we’re comfortable with our sound. A contrast which is evident though is that we’ve come from our first album, from a  bunch of very dumb kids trying to get together and make something great to now a bunch of young adults who have become a lot more mature and have become more confident with their writing and musical abilities”. The band have stated that it the scene is overcrowded, that saturation is deafening so how does Chronolyth go about standing out and being a leading force? “I think we stand out as we don’t fit into any box really, I can’t even really describe what the material is. Chronolyth has never really had a ‘scene’ – we play with a lot of hardcore bands... Like a lot, and we’re definitely the black sheep on all those bills. I feel that we keep up to date but we won’t ever truly conform to any particular genre; we dip our toes in several but won’t ever fully indulge ourselves in just the one”. 

What is the biggest weapon in Chronolyth’s arsenal? “It’s definitely our live performance... I feel there are a lot of bands out there who take the weight of a live performance for granted. What really makes a band is how they present themselves on stage. There are many bands who sound like they’re on an international standard at a local level and they sound fucking amazing..... Through their albums. But when you get out and see them – they can be boring and on many occasions not very visually appealing. So Chronolyth try to stand out in that respect and win people over with our live performance”. This is why Chronolyth have that impressive following of fans do you think? “Yeah, exactly. We appeal to so many due to our diverse and assorted sound so the reason our biggest weapon is our live sound is because we are constantly trying to win people over from all these different backgrounds in metal. When people come out to see our live shows and see how hectic it can get its very entertaining. We also really like to connect with our fans, you need to take the time, and you talk to them and make friends for life for sure. It’s hard when I get straight off stage though and I head over to the merch desk and people are trying to talk to me and I’m pretty much deaf – just smiling and nodding [Laughs] and hoping whatever they said wasn’t a question” [Laughs]

Once the national tour comes to a finish – what does the band have in store for the remainder of the year to promote the album? “I believe our drummer is going away to Hellfest next month which looks to be the greatest metal line-up I’ve ever seen in my life, so on that note, fuck him....
Essentially what we want to do is not make the same mistake we did we Sovereign, we lost the mojo that we had, we toured but then dropped off the map – we definitely have to keep the machine going this time around. Which means organising another tour shortly after this one wraps up. Hopefully we can make it overseas next year – before that though we have already started writing for the next album, well, because we’ve had Atrophy for a year now and frankly we are sick of hearing it” [Laughs]   

ATROPHY AUSTRALIAN TOUR CONTINUES....       

Fri 20th May - Ross Island Hotel, TOWNSVILLE
Sat 21st May - Billabong Kuranda, CAIRNS
Fri 3rd June - One Seventy 7, ADELAIDE
Sat 4th June - The Basement, CANBERRA
Fri 10th June - Wrangler Studios, MELBOURNE (All Ages)
Sat 11th June - TBA
Sun 12th June - Musicman Megastore, BENDIGO
Fri 17th June - Flamingos, ROCKHAMPTON
Sat 18th June - Rocky Glen Hotel, GLADSTONE
Sun 19th June - Railway Hotel, BUNDABERG (All Ages)
Fri 24th June - Bald Faced Stag, SYDNEY
Sat 25th June - Leagues Club, WOY WOY