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Chronolyth @ Springwood Hotel

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Chronolyth layout
Chronolyth's debut single, 'Bitter Reflection'.

Chronolyth. Just sayin'. If you haven't heard of them by now, put your head back in the gutter until you hear the screaming fans!

You would have known these guys as Stigmartyr in their earlier days, but tough luck, as their music grew, the name grew too and garnered even more attention from their loyal fans.

The five piece, melodic/death metal band features Brissie boys, Hamish McSorley on vocals, Alex Nisiriou and Ben Constable on guitar, Jimmy Barett on bass and Michael Gee on drums, with Alex and Hamish being the only original band members left.
The band soon scored themselves (after months and months of planning and practicing) a place at the 2012 Ye Gods of Metal Festival.
Michael Gee
Michael Gee playing the drums.

After Chronolyth was established in the metal scene, record label, Hardline Media took the opportunity that every other record label missed, taking Chronolyth under its wings.

The band finally released their debut lead single, 'Bitter Reflection' in November 2012 and not long after gained the attention from European countries, Sweden and Finland.

This is only the beginning for Chronolyth as their single, 'Bitter Reflection', recieved airplay both internaionally on The Rock in New Zealand and on 4ZZZ in Australia.

And if that's not enough, Chronolyth are about to take New South Whales by storm in a whirlwind tour, playing their hit songs, starting next year on January 27, with their first show at The Lucky Australian Tavern in St. Mary's.

You can bet they will be reappearing in the 2013 Ye Gods of Metal Festival after a successful performance in 2012.

Look out for their debut album coming out in April, 2013, where the band will be working with Chris Themelco from Orpheus.

To see the bands last show in Brisbane, before they head on tour, hit up the Springwood Hotel in Brisbane at 8pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012. For more details visit their Facebook band page and see their 'Bitter Reflection' lyric video on Youtube.

Going Behind the Scenes with Alex Nisiriou
Alex Nisiriou
Alex Nisiriou at Ye Gods of Music Festival, 2012.

1. So, why the name change?

We actually bumped into another band from a different state in Australia of the same name which claimed the rights to the name. The situation got a little bit complex but we eventually agreed that we are essentially a new band due to the drastic line-up changes and a name change was appropriate to express the new "us".

2. After our last meeting, what have you accomplished with the band so far?

Oh man. Since the last time we spoke we've released our debut single (Bitter Reflection), gotten a massive response from that which went viral across the world in countries such as Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, several parts of Asia and of course Australia. We're about to embark on tour through New South Wales with Kunvuk and Hazmat, joined up with Hardline Media's record/distribution label and are currently writing the last material for our debut album with plans for another tour upon release.

3. What has been your most memorable moment yet?

Definitely the response from our recent single. We were confident in the music we were producing, but the positive response was phenomenal. Really reminds us why we play music in the first place. We were fortunate enough to have our friends in Deals Death (Sweden) enjoy the single and share it around amongst their own fan base. So that was really awesome, especially since it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of their music myself

4. I read that Chronolyth has been recognised in New Zealand and a few European countries, how does the band/and you feel about this amazing accomplishment?

Well, first of all it's a cool thing to know people are spreading and talking about our music across the globe, but the fact that people are legitimately enjoying it enough to continue following us and excitedly telling us what they think of our band is incredibly rewarding.
Chronolyth on stage at the Ye Gods of Metal Festival, 2012.

5. How many shows have you done now and which was your favourite so far?

We've cut down on the shows lately to focus on the single recording, line-up change, tour preparation and album writing. However we have done a few across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. I'd still have to say that the Ye Gods of Metal Festival 2012 was my favourite. That show was killer and the crowd was insane!

6. What do you see for the band in the future?

This band is my life and I know the rest of the band feels the same. We will definitely be playing internationally within the coming years and that's at the top of my hit list so far. Only time will tell where exactly we end up, but we won't be slowing down for anything.

7. When is your next show?

We have our single launch shows on 8 December at the Springwood Hotel (18 ) and 15 December at the Mansfield Tavern (All Ages). They're going to be the first shows with the new line-up, and we promise it will be our best yet.

8. One for the fans - what should they be looking forward to?

The album release around mid 2013. I can't give proper dates just yet... If you're fortunate enough to live in New South Wales, then perhaps you should be preparing to catch us on tour, because we're definitely preparing to see you.
Chronolyth fans
Chronolyth's fans at the Ye Gods of Metal Festival.

9. Any new songs in the making?

Too many to count. We're looking at around anywhere between 10-12 songs on the final album. Right now though we're just writing a bunch and choosing the best for the final product. As an estimate of what we have written right now though, I believe it would be somewhere around 16 songs, with around 11 of which are up to standard for the album.

10. Last but not least, any advice for other bands out there?

Passion is the key. Music is a business whether we like it or not, so be sure to make the right decisions behind the scenes and it will pay off to the fans. If you're not willing to sacrifice for your music career, you simply won't make it. If you have good music, you'll know in your gut. Be honest with yourself, but don't give in to your doubts if you can overcome them.

Your band mates will determine your own fate. Release only what you would enjoy listening to and keep a professional image when appropriate. Networking is vital to survival whether it be promoters, musicians, press journalists, friends and family; s o don't be the guy who stands in the corner all night and bails after you've played your set!
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Why? Chronolyth is an all Brisbane band.
When: Saturday, December 8 at 8pm.
Where: Springwood Hotel
Cost: Free! 18 only.
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