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Dakesis Confirmed As First Co-Headliner at Northern Symphony

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8th May 2016 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham’s premier power metal quartet Dakesis have been announced as one of two co-headliners at Northern Symphony 2017, the UK’s premier festival for all things symphonic metal. With the release of A New Dawn and their recent tours last month in both Finland and the UK, Dakesis are set to reach new heights.

Dakesis are a four piece Progressive Power Metal band from Birmingham, UK. Formed in 2008, with the release of a limited edition four track E.P they soon followed on with their debut album Trial By Fire in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Following on from their success of this album and extensive touring and festival appearances throughout the UK, the band went on to record their second full length album The New Dawn which was released in March 2016.

Their latest release was recorded at Carbon Studios in Birmingham and mixed by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios based in Finland (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Stratovarious and Firewind) and sees a marked change in the direction of the band. With more progressive influences and the addition of powerfully epic orchestral backing alongside new session keyboard player Jacob Underwood, Dakesis have sculpted a vast instrumental soundscape alongside the heavier metal influences.

The band have toured the UK extensively and have enjoyed prestigious support and festival slots including playing with Edguy, Thunderstone, Blaze Bayley and Pagan’s Mind and performing at Glastonbudget, Bloodstock Open Air 2012, Valkyrian Festival and headlining the Cackblabbath Stage at Wildfire Festival in 2015.

Northern Symphony will take place at The Venue in Selby on Saturday 15th April 2017. Early bird tickets are set at the low price of £4 and are available from either Northern Wynter Music’s BigCartel store or Skiddle.com.

More bands are set to be announced in the coming months.

Dakesis online:
http://dakesis.com
http://facebook.com/dakesis

Dakesis split with frontman Wayne Dorman

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 6th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham power prog band Dakesis recently split with frontman Wayne Dorman due to what appears to be a difference in musical direction. Dakesis have stated that they will fulfil all upcoming shows as a four piece band, with keyboardist Gemma Lawler manning all vocal duties. The band’s first show as a four piece will be Sunk Fest, near Hull. The band’s announcement can be read below:

We have decided that it is in the best interests of Dakesis to continue forward as a four piece without vocalist and guitarist Wayne Dorman.This was a difficult decision for the four of us, but we feel the best one to continue progressing as a band.

We will be fulfilling all of our current gig commitments as well as continuing to take bookings and Gemma will take on board lead vocals temporarily.

When the time is right we will be looking for a new addition to the Dakesis family, however if you would like to express interest and feel you have what it takes to be considered for this role, then please get in touch.

In the meantime, our concentration will be with our next album and we will continue to work towards writing and completing this between the four of us.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Wayne all the best for the future and as always we thank our wonderful fans and friends for supporting us.

All our love,

Gemma, Matt, Amie, Adam

xxx

Former Dakesis frontman Wayne Dorman has stated that he is currently working on a new project following his departure from the band.

Dakesis online:

http://www.dakesis.com/
http://www.facebook.com/dakesis
http://www.twitter.com/dakesis
http://www.youtube.com/user/Dakesis440

 

XIII, Spekulus, Innersylum and more confirmed for Valk-Fest 2013

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 15th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following last month’s announcement, today’s Valk-Fest announcements confirm the addition of several more bands to the three day charity festival, which this year is in aid of RapeCrisis.

Confirmed to join bands like Narcotic Death and Old Corpse Road, as well as Aonia and Nya, Hull’s premier alternative thrash unit XIII (13 for those not familiar with Roman numerals) have been added to the second day of the festival (Saturday 30th November). Whilst joining Dakesis on the final day of the festival, Innersylum from Hull have been confirmed to play, along with Gothic metal band Terra Omnia and the atmospheric gothic outfit Edenfall. Bridlington’s classic thrash band Alice In Thunderland have also been announced to play the final day of the festival, as well as industrial trio Spekulus and symphonic metallers Powercake – Yes, really, that’s their name!

Valkyrian Festival will take place at Shades Nightclub in Bridlington from 29th November to 1st December. Weekend tickets are available for pre-order from this location at the low price of £5.  All proceeds will be donated to RapeCrisis. The event is all ages. Stage times are still to be announced and additional line-up announcements will commence on 13th May. Further Valk-Fest updates can be found at the official Valkyrian Festival Facebook page.

 

Dakesis confirmed to play New Disorder Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , on 23rd January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham prog. power metallers Dakesis have been confirmed for the New Disorder Music Festival in Birmingham. Dakesis will join the likes of Evil Scarecrow and Eyes Of The Raven on Saturday 30th March at The Roadhouse in Birmingham. The event is set to raise money for RACPA UK and further details can be found at this location.

You can follow Dakesis at the following:

https://www.facebook.com/Dakesis
https://twitter.com/Dakesis

 

Interview: Dakesis

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 3rd August 2012 by Nico Davidson

Following the announcement of their Bloodstock appearance on the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage and their UK tour with Axenstar and Ascension, Nico interviews Birmingham-based power-prog outfit Dakesis.

Nico: You’ve been confirmed for the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at Bloodstock, how are you feeling about playing the UK’s biggest metal festival?

Adam: We have indeed, how could it feel anything other than amazing? Most of the band have been attending Bloodstock for many years; some of us even from the early days of Bloodstock Indoor, so to see our name on the bill is incredible. As you mentioned, we’ll be playing the Acoustic stage this year, so it’ll be Dakesis, but perhaps not as you know it!
Wayne: We’ve given some of our tracks a complete makeover for the occasion, and rehearsals are going very well, so we’re looking forward to showcasing a side of the band many people will be unfamiliar but pleasantly surprised with.

N: Aside from being booked for Bloodstock, what’s been the highlight of the year thus far for Dakesis?

A: We were very lucky to support Edguy at Birmingham’s HMV Institute in February. I think I’m right in saying we’re all pretty big fans of the band as well as Tobias’ other work, so to share a stage with a band as infamous as these was a great experience.
Matt: You never know what to expect when you meet your idols, but Edguy proved to be some of the most friendly and welcoming people we’ve met.

N: Are there any bands that you’re looking forward to seeing at this year’s Bloodstock?

A: Iced Earth and Dimmu Borgir will be highlights for me. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Grand Magus recently. ‘The Hunt’ is incredible; I’m looking forward to seeing this live.
W: We were also very proud to see Kataleptic triumph at M2TM, so we’ll be supporting them at the New Blood stage, and our good friends Triaxis will also be gracing the Acoustic stage.

N: So your debut album was released in November of last year; what was the writing process like for it and what were your feelings when you had finished writing it?

W: A lot of the songs on the album actually predate the start of the band, they’re songs I’d written some years ago. Each member has added their own signature to the tracks though.
A: It certainly felt good when we finally had the finished product in our hands.
M: The process for album two is been different. Having said that, there’s not really a specific writing process we stick to; some songs are written in two hours, some have taken two years.

N: Where do you see Dakesis in five years time?

W: DAKESIS!!! COMING SOON TO A WORKING MENS CLUB NEAR YOU!!!! Damn, I forgot my crystal ball! In all seriousness, I hope that Dakesis continues to go from strength to strength – we’re certainly going to continually work hard and push it as far as we can!

N: Given the chance to share the stage with any musician, living or dead, which one would you pick and why?

W: There are so many, a good few I have already had the privilege such as Nino Laurenne [Thunderstone] but if I was to pick one I would say Stéphan Forté [Adagio] as he has been a major influence in my playing style so far.
A: I’d love to go back to 1976 and win the Genesis gig! Also a drum battle with Brann Dailor [Mastodon] would be fun, although I’d get my ass kicked.

N: So, you’re touring with Axenstar later this year, how are you feeling about that?

A: I can’t wait! It’s gonna be a lot of travelling, but it’s all good fun.
Wayne: It will be great to hit the road again, especially with a band the calbibre of Axenstar. (I have a custom guitar lined up specially for this tour too!)

N: What are the band’s plans for the rest of the year, gig wise?

W: We have a lot of travelling on the cards. Aside from the tour, we’re also heading to Northampton, Cambridge, Hull, Tamworth and Manchester to name a few. We’re making huge strides towards album two as well, so in between the live shows there’s a lot going on towards preparation for the next record.

N: Aside from the UK, is there any country you’d love to tour in the future?

A: Hopefully Europe is on the cards at some point in the near future. We’d love to try our hand in Germany and Scandinavia. Our sound is influenced by a lot of European progressive and melodic metal acts.

N: If you could replace the soundtrack of any film with your own music, which one would you pick and why?

W: Sorry, could you repeat the question please?
A: Valhalla Rising. I spent the entire film waiting for some epic battle to start and it never did, so something from Trial By Fire might have spruced it up.

You can check out Dakesis at their official Facebook or at Bloodstock August 10th at 2:50pm over on at the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage.

Dakesis to tour with Axenstar

Posted in News with tags , , , on 21st July 2012 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham’s power-prog metallers Dakesis have announce that they’ll be supporting Axenstar on their UK Aftermath Tour.

See tour poster for dates.

Band Of The Month [February, 2012]: Dakesis

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , , , on 1st February 2012 by Nico Davidson

And Dakesis are this month’s Band of the Month! Dakesis are a five piece prog-power metal outfit from the birthplace of metal… Birmingham. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Trial By Fire, which has been praised by critics and fans alike. This year is clearly the year for Dakesis as they will be supporting German power metal legends Edguy this coming Friday and headlining Valkyrian Festival on 24th November at the Lamp in Hull.

Dakesis are definitely one of the finest power metal bands on the scene and there are clearly big things in store of these guys and gals.

Dakesis to support EDGUY at HMV Institute, Birmingham

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 24th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham prog-power metallers DAKESIS have been confirmed for the highly coveted opening slot with German metal legends EDGUY on the Birmingham date of their February UK Tour. This is no doubt another epic chapter to be written in the band’s ever growing saga.

Having been fans of EDGUY for many years, DAKESIS are understandably excited about the prospect of sharing a stage with their heroes. Front-man Wayne commented: “We’re just so overwhelmed to be given the opportunity to share a stage with a band as influential on our sound as EDGUY. We’re going to bring a great show to kick off what promises to be a truly memorable night!”

With DAKESIS recently releasing their début album [review can be found here], and planning a string of live dates, festivals and tours for 2012 [including the headlining slot at our very own Valkyrian Festival this year, which will be in aid of Autism Plus], this opportunity is a great way to kick off the year for one of the UK’s finest metal acts.

Dakesis are Wayne Dorman, Gemma Lawler, Matt Jones, Amie Chatterley and Adam Harris. The band’s web-page has photos, upcoming dates and bio information on the band
members.

Dakesis are also in the voting for February’s band of the month. You can vote for them here.

You can find their website at www.Dakesis.com.

Tickets for the event are available from http://www.kililive.com/gigs/edguy

For more information
www.Dakesis.com/Press
www.Edguy.net
www.venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-institute/home

Dakesis – Trial By Fire [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 19th November 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Dakesis
Album: Trial By Fire
Release year: 2011
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

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Dakesis – Birmingham based progressive power metal quintet – are considered by some as one of the UK’s fastest growing independent artists. Mixing progressive and power metal, the band have established a strong and loyal fan base over the last two years. Looking at the album cover, one would easily get the impression that the album is a mixture of Tolkien’s work and Greek mythology.

The epic and majestic sound of “Shield Of Achilles I” starts the album. The orchestration brings about a dramatic and tense sound, much like the theme to Jaws. The title track “Trial By Fire” comes blazing next with a mixture of highly energetic guitars and strong vocals topped with intelligently played drums. The vocals have a strong and heroic sound to them, almost Odysseus-like in their strength. The guitars show hints of some European metal influences – Without the overly cheesy sound that has come to be associated with stereotypical power metal. The keyboards offer up a brilliant sagaic flavour throughout the track as well. The only other parts of the track that truly deserves praise would have to be the guitar and keyboard solos – Both of which are well composed and well cleverly placed like the Spartans at Thermopylae.

”Liar” takes a less power metal approach in its intro though the high pitched wail that soon follows changes that. The guitars and drums are well structured and the keyboards are strategically placed to reinforce the rest of the music. The combination of male and female vocals – the latter of which are brought into the song by the band’s keyboardist Gemma – are pretty easy on the ears, feeling a tad like the combination of vocals in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic “Phantom Of The Opera”. The track however is obviously dominated by male vocals, slightly disappointing, but hey, what can we do about it? For those of you who like keyboard introductions, you’ll love the harmonious yet solemn keyboard heavy beginning to “After The Storm”. The vocal work is primarily female – And before anyone says anything, no, the song does not sound like a Nightwish track! Wayne’s vocals make a slight appearance in the song without taking away from the sound already established. The speed metalesque styling of “On Wings Of Steel” takes the album by storm with its keyboard dominated introduction. Wayne’s vocals lead the charge into the musical fray of masterfully composed guitar sections and keyboard riffs, followed by Gemma’s vocals that don’t feature as heavily throughout the song – Either way though, the combination of their vocals makes the track more exciting.

”Broken” starts with a depressed and slow-paced section being composed of Gemma’s vocals and piano before the melodic guitar work joins in, keeping to the slower march of the song. Wayne’s vocals can be heard as well, adding extra strength to the song. “Into The Light” starts with the sound of bass that grows stronger as it progresses before the rest of the instrumentation dominate the track much like the way the Roman Empire dominated Europe. The vocal work, provided by Wayne, is diverse on this one, offering up a mixture of high and low notes. The solos keep everything in the song – and the album – sounding fresh so need to worry about the sound going stale after a few listens. The slow but epic musings of “Valhalla” add a sound of Eddic proportions to the album. The vocal work is grand, blending with the music well. The lack of emphasis on the keyboards does make the song feel a bit bland, though it does give it a very old school power metal sound – Iced Earth meets Helloween kind of power metal. “To The End” brings back a faster tempo to the album as well as emphasis on the keyboards in sections. Wayne’s vocals are coupled up with what sounds to be growls in the background, making the song more aggressive and violent sounding – much like the violent sound heard coming from a raiding party of berserkers mixed with metal. The guitar solo is placed in an unusual section of the song and ambushes the listener before the keyboard solo carries on the onslaught of masterfully played musical craftsmanship. Gemma’s vocal work has the proverbial last word of the song, ending on a solemn note with the piano.

”Shield of Achilles” casts forth an ethereal sound that could only come from the depths of Hades – or some other eerie and misunderstood mythological afterlife. The track progresses into a sound as mighty and as powerful as the legendary Achilles himself, truly a song worthy of the legend. Thankfully Homer [Author of the Iliad] never composed music, otherwise he’d have probably written this centuries before hand! The album’s end comes in the form of “440 (King Of The Road)”. The song takes a less fancy musical approach, favouring a raw sound with the guitars over any fancy technical work. Wayne’s vocal work is once again quite diverse while the guitars offer up a virgin sacrifice of musical goodness to the ears of the listener. They keyboards keep flow nicely in their designated sections, keeping that European power metal in place.

If Homer, Beethoven and Iron Maiden had a love child together, Dakesis would be the clearly epic sounding result. Never has there been such a perfect sounding debut full length album like “Trial By Fire”. The vocals are more diverse than the usual vocal styles found in power metal and the instrumentation show a range of influences from classic metal to prog. metal and European power metal. It’s easy to see why Dakesis are considering one of the fastest growing independent acts.

5/5

Nico Davidson