After shifting Dawn of Ashes into extreme metal territory with tinges of industrial, dozens of fans have been calling for a return to roots back when the band was based in aggrotech and dark electro. I have even heard comments from many within the scene that Dawn of Ashes were at their best in their early career (a statement I am willing to contest considering the praise we poured onto their most recent albums Daemonolatry Gnosis and Theophany). That being said, Kristof Bathory has a little surprise for those legions ready for more of that early DOA sound: His new project Bornless Fire. Bornless Fire is a project born out of his respect for industrial and dark electro and his urge to experiment with his new capabilities. But before I say anymore, I'll just let you read what the man had to say for himself.
While you are most well known for Dawn of Ashes, you have a new project that's ready to fire up the industrial scene called Bornless Fire. What made you want to do something more than Dawn of Ashes?
Kristof: You could say that I gave in. I listened to a percentage of fans that asked and basically had high demands that I do Industrial / Dark-Electro again. This wasn't just coming from fans but from other sources as well. On the last DOA tour I started to listen to some Industrial acts that I used to love and then I pondered on the thought of doing something new but with my current capabilities.
I know that in the early stages of Dawn of Ashes, there was a lot of dark electro and aggrotech influences. Will Bornless Fire appeal to the fans who miss that era? Or is Bornless Fire a completely different beast?
Kristof: I feel that this project is where I left off after The Crypt Injection; it just sounds more like dirty Industrial and less EBM. So basically it has that early era of DOA's sound mixed with late 80s, mid 90s, and early 2000 Industrial. Should be something refreshing for this era that we are currently in.
If you could, how would you explain the sound you're aiming for with Bornless Fire? Are there any other bands that you could compare the new project to? Or could you list off a couple of influences for the project?
Kristof: I really have been inspired by late 80s, mid 90s, and early 2000 Industrial music. I would probably compare it to Nine Inch Nails meets Wumpscut with the elements of the old era of DOA.
As far as I understand, you are the sole producer on the project. There are live members but you do the vocals and create the music. Is there anyone in the studio helping you out with it?
Kristof: Basically I am running the show for the most part. I am writing all of the music, doing vocals and producing and mixing the material. The live members who do help out a bit in the studio are Krz Souls from the Synth Pop group Carved Souls, Brendin Ross from Bile, and Angel Dies from Dawn of Ashes.
I read a little on the name of the band, Bornless Fire. Could you elaborate on The Black Flame and the philosophy behind The Left Hand path?
Kristof: The name Bornless Fire was based partially on the "bornless ritual" from the Greek/Egyptian origin that was introduced in the Goetia. The word "Bornless" means headless or that which has no beginning. The Black Flame or Divine spark is something within all human beings that the practitioners of the Left Hand Path taps into with the use of Magick. That spark is the core of personal evolution within each individual. In our society it has been beaten into mankind to follow a mechanical lifestyle and to be blinded by ignorance. This fire within us, helps us all to wake up and lead our own paths.
The Left Hand Path obviously influences your life and music. How do you reflect that in the lyrics and music of Bornless Fire?
Kristof: All of my knowledge and personal beliefs all reflect in the lyrics of any of my current material. Giving people an opportunity to open their eyes and feel something is such a powerful gift within the music I write.
If you could, walk us through a day when you're making music. Do you have a set routine to get yourself in the mood to make music? And when you're done, how do you wind down?
Kristof: I'm usually very private when it comes to writing and need my sacred space. When I write, it is all about emotions and energy that feeds my creativity. I usually like to conjure this energy when I'm alone.
When can we expect to see the first song or album from Bornless Fire? Can we get any information on that at all? A working title, any tracks, any glimpses into the work so far?
Kristof: We should have an album out on Metropolis Records in the beginning of 2018 so I'm assuming a single will come out closer to that time. Keep a look out on our Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
You're a veteran when it comes to touring, and if your band page has anything to say it's that you've got quite a line-up for live shows planned out. That being said, when do you plan on getting gigs going for Bornless Fire?
Kristof: Hopefully right after and even a little before the release date of the debut album.
And is there anything else you would like to say on Bornless Fire that I may have missed?
Kristof: I think that covers everything and like I said, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and news.
Lastly, I'd like to thank you for your time. I can't wait to hear what you have in store for us and wish you the best of luck. Cheers!
Kristof: Thank you as well and I'm excited to be back in the Industrial game again.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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