FEBRUARY 22nd , 2018


Spotlight Feature By: Metal Mom

Pre Order Link: https://kaoteon.bandcamp.com/


Welcome to MetalTitans, Guardians of Music Entertainment, worldwide. We had an opportunity to speak with Anthony Kaoteon, the founding member of the band KAOTEON. Forming back in late 1998, early 1999, this Lebanese extreme metal band taking influence from all areas of folklore, dark atmosphere, even inspiration from a devastated Middle Eastern background. The new upcoming record features session members from Obscura and Marduk. To learn more about Kaoteon, check out our interview below:

1. I know back in 1998-9 you went by the name Chaotaeon, but had an issue with authorities and so changed your name, tell us why Kaoteon?

Anthony Kaoteon: Kaoteon is from Chaotic Aeon which describes this chaotic era we are living in from economic meltdowns, multiple world wars, increased radical religious terrorism, mass shootings, increased racism and hatred etc... when I created Kaoteon, the idea was to create 'The soundtrack of this Kaotik Eon' but with the 'Ch' at the beginning instead of the K 'Chaotaeon' was misinterpreted to be the Arabic word for Satan,"Chaytan", which is not what I wanted it to be at all or else I would have spelled it correctly… and so came the change of name!

2. You moved from the Middle East over to Amsterdam, was this so it was easier for you to make your music?

Anthony Kaoteon: Wolflust, my vocalist, moved to Amsterdam as he was seeking a new home that can allow him to free his mind from all the social pollution and noise we have in the Middle East that does not allow you to think clearly. He went there as a highly skilled talent and he is becoming more and more Dutch by the minute.

3. You have full time members yourself (founder/music composer), and Walid Wolflust (vocalist/lyricist), and for this album you got Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura) on bass, and drum master Fredrik Widigs (Marduk), how did you choose Linus and Fredrik to be the ones to fill in?

Anthony Kaoteon: I wanted the best in order to have a strong backbone for the album and so I sought out the best bassist in the metal scene today that plays a versatile range of genres, Linus Klausenitzer. Then I saw Fredrik Widigs with the legendary Marduk and I couldn't help but recruit his blasts and groove.

4. You did the recording for the album; do you own a studio to do this work in?

Anthony Kaoteon: We do not own a studio and we are not the best with recording software, but we manage to plug in and record. That’s what happened with Fredrik, Linus and Walid. Each one recorded in his own private space in his own country and we then put them all together like a puzzle.

5. Can’t go wrong either with picking Swedish producer Daniel Bergstrand who works with such bands as Behemoth, Dark Funeral and Dimmu Borgir, wow, what made you choose Daniel to produce?

Anthony Kaoteon: You said it, Daniel has a great reputation and we wanted a great outcome. Wolflust suggested Daniel and he travelled to stay with him for those three to four days of mixing and mastering. We are very happy to have worked with him.

6. You have had a rough start to your career, put in jail for devil worshipping, attacked by religious groups (that can still happen here), raided by police who used you as scapegoats for political and religious problems in the Middle East. How are you finding it now, easier, or still some issues to handle?

Anthony Kaoteon: Some things never change, Some things never will. It is much better today, of course, but you can always expect ignorance to take over open mindness anywhere in the world until further notice. Just like the when Vatican got upset with Madonna and prosecuted her. Imagine what would happen in other parts of the world when someone in power is upset.

7. Tell us about when you first got the idea to form a band and how it all came about?

Anthony Kaoteon: I enjoyed the idea of playing in a band and creating music since I was a child. Due to the lack of talent in my country, it was really hard to find other band members (still is, ha). When I discovered one-man black metal bands like Burzum, I thought, this is it. I don't need anyone. I can do it all and that is how I started ChaosGod, that became Chaotic Wolf, that changed to Chaotic Aeon… until I settled for Kaoteon.

8. You have an album coming out, “Damnatio Memoriae”, am I right it means condemnation of memory? Great name.

Anthony Kaoteon: Yes, Damnatio Memoriae comes from Latin and it is a shout to delete idols and reform a better world empty of all human fallacies and greed.

9. The album is about to be released on February 23rd, what song would you suggest for someone to listen to first off, the album, and why?

Anthony Kaoteon: I would choose "The Will", as it mixes three worlds in one great track. The black metal darkness and feel, the thrash metal power and attack, and death metal pounding groove at the same time. But then again, you will miss out on brutal melodies of "Raging Hellfire" and "In The Mouth Of Kaos", as well as the epic anthems of "A Breath" and "Non Serviam", and the unforgettable riffs of the title track and "Barren Lands".

10. Have you always wanted to play Metal, who was your inspiration to create music?

Anthony Kaoteon: I want to play music, with metal being at the top of the list, with influences ranging from Bathory, Mayhem and Slayer, to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, as well as Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode.

11. Have you ever regretted starting up the band after so many problems back in the Middle East? Will you ever go back, or just maybe on a tour?

 Anthony Kaoteon: No regrets. We are proud to be who we are and are proud of our story. We are a part of the whole which we are trying to pull forward.

12. What is next for you?

Anthony Kaoteon: The album is getting a lot of attention from a ton of big press outlets. We are playing Complexity Festival on the 24th of February and looking forward for more shows soon. Having said that, I am already composing the follow up album so let us hope for the best.

13. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Anthony Kaoteon: On a bigger tour with bigger bands and bigger coverage as this is just the beginning of a "Larger Than Life" musical career i have always wanted to put out.

14. Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?

Anthony Kaoteon: I would like to thank you and your readers for taking the time to appreciate our music. Make sure to buy the album so that we can keep offering you more music. Hope to see you in the crowd when we pass by your town. Cheers.

Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans, and we wish you much success in your music career and your new album.