Downfall of Gaia is a dark wall, moving forward relentlessly, enveloping the listener, absorbing one's spirit to take one into the realm of the band's potent sound. Founded in 2008 and having undergone several line up changes, the quartet is now comprised of the two founding members Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar and vocals) and Anton Lisovoj (bass and vocals), plus Marco Mazzola (Guitar) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City.
Although the group's roots lie within the DIY / crust scene, they have become more closely associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock, and dirty sludge, while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of living. In their early days, they released one demo (which was heavily influenced by d-beat), in addition to a split tape with French band Kazan, plus a tour EP in 2009. Their debut album, Epos, followed in 2010, which was realized with the help of several DIY-labels. The band's connection to the DIY scenes also led to a split LP with In The Hearts Of Emperors on Alerta Antifascista Records, one of the most important underground/punk labels in Germany, as well as Moment Of Collapse and Shove Records.
The band never intended to stagnate, and naturally their sound underwent significant changes. Downfall of Gaia drifted away from fast crust punk, which influenced their early work, towards longer and more intense material that became more massive with black metal, doom and sludge elements. In 2012, this new sound was heard on their second album - and their first for legendary label Metal Blade Records - titled Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes, which more than satisfied what fans of infinite heaviness longed for. It also made its appearance on annual "best of" lists from critics worldwide.
During this time, when Downfall of Gaia were not rehearsing or recording, they were touring the world: travelling through almost every European country, playing Moscow in 2012, and even appearing in the USA in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 alone, the group had more than 100 concerts. In 2014, they played with Neurosis, Toxic Holocaust, Black Tusk, in addition to performing at Hellfest in France.
After this extensive touring, the band came together to work on their follow-up to Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes. The band entered '79 Sound Studio in Cologne, Germany and started working on new material. The resulting tracks were mixed at Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco, CA and mastered in Portland, Oregon at Audiosiege Studio. Once again, the band delivered a concept album, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay - this time addressing mankind's most powerful enemy: time, which passes without mercy.
After Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay's release, the band saw praise from fans and media alike, and delivered their renowned live show across the world. In 2016, however, guitarist Peter Wolff called it quits to focus on new projects, family and his private life. After a few auditions, Downfall of Gaia chose Marco Mazzola as his replacement, and began work on their fourth full-length, entitled Atrophy. Recorded in June 2016 at Hidden Planet Studio Berlin, Atrophy was once again mixed and mastered at Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco, CA, and is a record about the absurdity of life and human existence - an album about the constant dialog between life and death.
"What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying." - Albert Camus
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