A modern amalgamation of thunderous grooves, melodic hard rock and classic heavy hues, Newcastle metal merchants Chaosaint bring elegant rage and raucous serenity to everything their sonic light touches.
Alongside some healthy nods to the classic greats like Pantera, Machine Head and Iron Maiden, this heaving quartet inject lashings of modern might, brooding brawn and diabolically hooky riffs to their nostalgic roots, brandishing a now-established unique flair over two decades in the making.
Bringing together Shay Burgess on vocals and guitars, Jon Cribb on guitars, Chris Neilson on drums and Steve Baker on bass, the Chaosaint origins can be traced back to the alternative explosion unfolding back in 2001 with members of the metal group formerly known as Exhale combining forces for a new sonic adventure. And while the post-Exhale group took an extended hiatus at the time, the foundations for Chaosaint were ultimately reconvened in 2018, simultaneously driven by a newfound sonic identity while also wielding an entirely new musical flavour that fiercely morphed into this present-day iteration.
The local lovechild of Pantera, Machine Head and Iron Maiden balanced with fresh and furious flair, the Chaosaint journey truly began with gusto just under two years ago following the group’s creative resurgence back in 2018. After a well-received debut single ‘Darkness Following’ in 2020, the unforgettable year that COVID first struck would also see the quartet release their entirely self-produced debut EP ‘In The Name Of’, with the EP snagging over 23k streams on Spotify so far, and its heavy favourite track ‘Knives Are Drawn’ claiming pole position on Triple J Unearthed’s national metal charts for three consecutive weeks.
While the group were instantly primed to hit the ground running to follow up their early trajectory, debuting their first material as a collective in over 17 years amidst a global pandemic was always destined to pose some tough and unexpected hurdles, with the second half of 2020 and majority of 2021 effectively erasing any hope for live shows to launch the EP due to the ongoing nationwide restrictions. But unwilling to let a pandemic hold them back, Chaosaint instead embraced the forced time offstage to both augment and sharpen their live show and creative processes, writing and recording new material throughout the pandemic and ultimately emerging triumphant in 2022 armed with some vigorous new tunes.
2022 will imminently see Chaosaint release a long-awaited new single, alongside plans for a debut music video, live shows, and plenty more new material to rattle your ears. And the first cab off the Chaosaint rank for the year is the brand new single ‘Forgiveness’, a near 10-minute epic that caustically twists and turns with instrumental passages, melodic vocals and razor-sharp riffage, presenting not just a level-up for the group but also their most sonically ambitious outing so far.
Previously intended to feature on the group’s 2020 EP, ‘Forgiveness’ was instead held, taken back to the jam room and painstakingly finessed; and the end result is one of pummelling fury alongside poignant thematics that also stem authentically from the band’s own personal journey.
"Essentially the song is about someone standing on a ledge and reflecting on their life - all the wrongs and hardship they've endured and trying to decide whether to take that final step" – Shay Burgess, Chaosaint Lead Vocals / Guitar.
"We've all known people in the same situation, and unfortunately not everyone has been able to pull themselves back from the edge. We lost a good friend only late last year to suicide and the pain they must have been experiencing and the sadness that is left behind for family and friends is absolutely gut wrenching.
"We aren't the type of guys to write happy songs but we hope you enjoy the new track- and if you are feeling like there’s no way out, please reach out and find some help- we've lost way too many people to this disease".
Existing deep in the chasm of intersecting metal and rock, Chaosaint wholeheartedly deliver on their namesake with pummelling riffs, cascading rhythmics and vocals that effortlessly straddle melodic gloss and raucous brawl; and ultimately alongside the addictive grit and groove lies a staunch devotion to melodic songwriting aligned with an ambitious and exhilarating edge.
The Chaosaint journey is only just heating up, stay tuned for what’s to come.
The beast is only sleeping... there's no forgiveness for all I've done.