With the looming release of Chaos Divine‘s fourth album Legacies on October 16, HEAVY caught up with vocalist Dave Anderton earlier this week to discuss the album and more.
“We definitely wanted to get a lot heavier,” he said of Legacies. “By want I don’t mean that was intentional, I just mean we started writing stuff and everything that we liked was heavier. I guess my personal opinion was that I wanted to do some heavier stuff than Colliding Skies – which is part of the reason why we lost Ben, our drummer, because he was not keen on going back to that heavy sound – and then bringing Tim, our drummer on board now, he’s into all of the brutal stuff so that pushed us in that direction as well. We were kind of mixing the soaring, melodic stuff that we had on Colliding Skies with the more heavier sounds that we’ve had on previous records and getting a good mix of those and I think we really achieved that.”
Each of Chaos Divine’s previous releases have had subtle variations in sound while still maintaining that progressive rock undertone, with Anderton agreeing outside factors can sway the musical direction of an album.
“I think it’s probably more experimentation and what we’re listening to,” he measured. “When we put out our first EP Ratio we were listening to a lot of death metal so it’s really a death metal album with a bit of prog. Some of the guys were listening to more prog-rock, stuff like Porcupine Tree when we put out Colliding Skies and I think what you’re listening to definitely has an impact on what you do. For me personally, I think I’ve gotten more ballsy (laughs) and more… pushing my boundaries. Singing on Ratio and Avalon I didn’t push myself very hard and I guess on each album I’ve tried to push myself further.
In the full interview, Dave discusses why Legacies took 4 years, the three singles released and how they sonically represent Legacies as a whole, the meaning of the title, how no touring has affected the band, making plans post COVID, the thought of pushing back Legacies and why they didn’t and more.
Watch “Beacon” from Legacies below: