|Young, talented and hungry: what other words could better describe the four members of DAGOBA ? Furious maybe. It wasn't by accident that their first EP was titled Release The Fury. DAGOBA members grew up listening to Pantera, Machine Head, Fear Factory and some black-metal. They decided to keep the best elements of each, melting them into something different, pushing the envelope of metal. With machine-like drums, crushing guitars, pounding bass, powerful vocals, and a touch of electronics, DAGOBA crafted their self-titled first album in 2003 and is about to come back with a second album early 2006.
The history of DAGOBA started in September 2000 when then-20-year-old Shawter (vocals) decided to revamp the line-up of his old band due to the lack of motivation from the others (despite two demos and an opening slot for Rammstein). He teamed up with Franky (drums), Werther (bass), and Izakar (guitar) and together, the four dedicated and creative musicians began writing songs and building the backbone for DAGOBA. In November 2001, they released their first 6-track EP which was acclaimed by the European press. After a short tour, the band set to writing new songs for their first full album. Recorded early 2003 at Praxis Studio in South of France, then mixed at Philia Studio in Oxford (England) by Dave Chang (Stampin' Ground, Linea 77, Orange Goblin) the outcome was fierce and ready to explode into the metal scene. As Shawter said, " With DAGOBA, we try to turn violence into energy and emotion."
The album was released in June 2003 through EMI France, and once again, the press loved it : Hard N'Heavy gushed, "Impressive! Huge! This album is killer." Rock Hard once again shrieked, "DAGOBA just wrote the soundtrack to murder!" Rock Sound said, "DAGOBA crushes everything and leaves no one alive!" It was then time to hit the road again, something they do with complete devotion. DAGOBA toured nonstop from August 2003 'til December 2004. Highlights of the tour included opening for Machine Head in Brussels, for Fear Factory in Amsterdam, and playing the 2004 Dour festival (Belgium) in front of thousands of people.
Early 2005, DAGOBA entered writing mode again. In July, the band inked a deal with the international label Season Of Mist, and in August, they were chosen to open for the only Korn date in South of France. Then, they spent an entire month in Denmark at the Antfarm studio to record 12 new songs, with producer Tue Madsen (Mnemic, HateSphere, The Haunted). A very successful collaboration as Madsen explains : "When I first got the preproduction of the new Dagoba record, I knew this was something special. Even with low-fi demo sound, it still caught my attention from the first moment. Very dramatic stuff and very well played. We put a lot of good work into this, and now I can't wait for people to hear it. This is one record the world will notice! ". As the icing on the cake, special guest vocals on two of the songs were provided by Simen "Vortex" Hestnaes (Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus).
What Hell Is About will be released worldwide through Season Of Mist on February 20th, 2006, and DAGOBA is ready to go back on tour. This time, it's gonna be "The Road to Hell" !
Dagoba official biography: http://www.dagobaonline.com