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Dark Order - Biography



The year was 1992. The date was late December. After finishing year 12, Raul Ignacio Alvarez immediately began looking for musicians of the Metal kind to form a band to hopefully blast it's way into the world. By April 1993, a full line up was formed. The band was called VANADIUM. This is where the long and unique partnership between Zoran and Raul began.  The line up consisted of Raul on guitars & vocals, Zoran on bass & backing vocals, Rick Fensom on lead guitar and finally Shane Stewart on drums.

RaulOne of the first unique features of the band began to emerge naturally, due to influences of Zoran and Raul. The blending of Death Metal (Zoran's main influence at the time) and Thrash Metal (Raul's main influence of the time). With Raul's Thrash vocals and Zoran's Death vocals, a new concept began to emerge out of sheer accident and co-incidence, not out of design.

This new sound was first unleashed on 16th of October 1993, at the infamous Lewisham Hotel. The band was very well accepted, even though at that point in time, pure Death Metal was the only form of music that was accepted as the 'in thing' by metalheads in Sydney. Everything else was considered outmoded.

By February, VANADIUM had released it's first demo: WARRIOR GOD-KING. It was released upon a packed, crazy, Lewisham crowd, which was recorded on video! They continued to play gigs for the rest of the year, guitarist Rick Fensom left due to musical differences, not being able to accept the band's widening repertoire in mixing the different styles of Metal. Drummer Shane also left the band, unable to handle the pressure of outside criticisms of the band. So a new guitarist and drummer were recruited. The guitarist was Marius. The drummer was Raul's very own brother, Marco Augusto Alvarez.

The following year in 1995, a new demo, 'War of Attrition' was recorded and released to another packed Lewisham, which also went down very well. The demo was reviewed by the then Sony A&R rep Clayton Doherty, who titled our style as 'Jungle Metal' (REBEL RAZOR, issue#I have to find it!!??). He was the one who made it apparent about the South American influence, as Raul was not aware that he was doing so. This 'sound' is quite natural to him, since he is Chilean!

Due to an ongoing fight with a Western Australian band with same name, the band decided to rename itself to DARK ORDER, after one of the band's own song titles, 'The Dark Order', a title of which Raul had invented.

ZoranAs the year progressed on, the band began to notice the deceitfulness and ego of Marius, who was not performing up to the rest of the band's expectations, plus the fact that his rhythm guitar playing was terrible. So by the end of 1995, Raul and Zoran found the help of an old friend, by the name of Leif Gregory. In what has become the most classic 'boot out' of that year, Marius turned up to play a gig, only to be refused by the band, and had to sit and watch the 'new' guitarist play on stage. A most memorable night that was!

By 1996, talks of a debut album were in the works, but there was one problem: the guitarist Leif had a severe drug problem. But recording proceeded in June 1996, and thus began the year long process of recording (at POWERHOUSE STUDIOS) and mixing (AT GLEBE STUDIO) the album under the band's own budget, bit by painstaking bit, until it was finally completed in late 1997. Amidst that time, Leif was replaced by Joe Olic, who appears as part of the line up on the album.

Continuing to play gigs at the same time, the band, now under the management of friend Joseph Jurlina, continued to set up the release date and tour dates for the album. A distribution deal (with the the help of Chris Rand of Segression) was signed with ORACLE RECORDS.

Album JANUARY 24TH, 1998 was the day of the official release of '5000 YEARS OF VIOLENCE', to which packed crowds at two album launches gave Dark Order a reputation that they were a band to be reckoned with. A string of dates were followed during the year, including the DARK ORDER'S first trip to Melbourne (in support of BLOODUSTER), in which they performed a killer show, all captured on video.

Sadly, in July, Marco decided to leave the band, as band life was not what he wanted, instead preferring married life. So many dates were cancelled including the loss of the support slot with the largest Thrash Metal band in the world, SLAYER. Thus begun Dark Order's trouble in looking for a drummer with right credentials. Tragedy also struck the band's manager Joseph, with passing away of his father in an accident. Luckily, long time band friend, Graham Goode (AUTOMATION) filled in for the band's second trip to Melbourne, which was even better than the first, and subsequent gigs after that.

1999 was a year of great stagnation for DARK ORDER as no drummer could be found to play to the standard of either Graham or Marco (or even better for that matter). Gigs were still being played with Graham, but not at the regular rate as the band could of hoped. Hope came in the form of Peter Hunt, who would have been the perfect choice, but he had plans to move to England to start up a Metal band all of his own. Joe Olic's long time friend, Steven Govic joined the band on the third Melbourne trip, which unfortunately, was not a great success (organizational problems). Soon after, Steven left for Croatia.

Due to continuing burden put upon his family, manager Joseph Jurlina left the band, and Joe Olic soon followed. This period is known to the band as 'the great Croatian exodus' (only jokingly, of course).

BUT the persistence of Raul and Zoran pushed on, with more fire and determination than before. They enlisted the long time fan of the band, NAWAR DALATI to become the fifth lead guitarist of DARK ORDER. By this time a new album of 11 songs was nearly completed, as the band continued their elusive search for that 'the right' drummer.

The Year 2000 A.D. came. In early February, fortune of the Gods shined on DARK ORDER, as Chris Flynn (a great drummer from the band 'WINTERSON') filled in for the band for six months, where they played many gigs, including, the most successful, most fucking craziest of all trips to Melbourne!!! A CO- HEADLINER WITH DUNGEON!!!

Vladimir Then finally on 1st of August 2000 the gods of mercy shone upon DARK ORDER. After two long years, they finally found a Drummer that more than filled the position. Not just any drummer - THE correct drummer. Hailing from Russia, VLADIMIR TROUSSOV, a true Metal musician by heart, became the new skinsman of the DARK ORDER. They then began working on the new material to prepare for recording.

As progression on the album commenced, personal problems struck guitarist Nawar Delati. He basically was incapable of self sustenance. When he missed out 7 rehearsals is a row (without explanation), he was dismissed from the band. This was done to keep up the discipline of hard work of DARK ORDER. He now resides in Melbourne.

In January, DARK ORDER played some killer gigs, most notably, with DESTROYER666,"That happens to be one of our most favorite gigs"-Zoran-.

For the next 4 months, DARK ORDER locked down in the SOUNDBASEMENT rehearsal studios, to work on PRE-PRODUCTION for the new album. In January, Raul and Vlad recorded 'Moby Dick Ch:1 OVERTURE' at Sound Basement Studio's under the engineering helm of Daniel 'Schfincter' Lia. It was then time to enter VELVET SOUND studio's, under the engineering helm of Adrian Gregoriov to capture the rest of the latest DARK ORDER songs. A Special Guest from Dungeon played the solos!

From MAY 2001, 4.5 months was spent recording, mixing & mastering (as with '5000 YEARS OF VIOLENCE', the new album was mastered by RICK O'NEILL at TURTLEROCK PRODUCTIONS) this new album... That year, DARK ORDER played METAL FOR THE BRAIN, and despite Raul AND Vlad having the FLU, the band managed to, according to Adam from Alchemist, pull the largest crowd for an opening act!

New years eve (2001-2002), DARK ORDER played with the popular Industial Hard Rock band JERK. That night was real sweaty and hilarious. By the end of January 2002, the band proceeded to film their FIRST video clip for the song "Slaves of a Nameless God" from the up coming album. Strange occurrences happened during the shooting, which was done at a morgue! SERIOUS! April marked the beginning of the "VIOLENT ELIMINATION TOUR" with ABORTUS

We are proud to announce that in August, long time friend of DARK ORDER, Simon Cleary became DARK ORDER's second Manager. He is a man with vast experience world of Heavy Metal, a braisened METAL WARRIOR!

Just after MAYHEM toured here in Australia, drummer Vlad Troussov fell ill, and is in Hospital unable to perform. Thanks to long time friend of the band, STEVO from DUNGEON has filled in all shows, including DESTRUCTION (where he did a Monsterous TWO sets that night, 1 our's, then Dungeon!!!). Due to Stevo's professionalism, he learned a DARK ORDER set in TWO rehearsals and saved the bands arse! He is THE best drummer ever to play in DARK ORDER.

On November 8th 2002, DARK ORDER supported DESTRUCTION on their Australian "The Butcher Downunder" Tour. It was a killer show, for all bands involved. On this same date, the NEW DARK ORDER ALBUM "THE VIOLENCE CONTINUUM" was released for gig and Internet sale!... 

Raul Ignacio Alvarez: Guitars/Main Thrash Metal Vocals
Zoran Mrakic: Bass/Backing Death Metal Vocals & and animal noises!
Vladimir Troussov: Drums percussion noises 

Interview Introduction By EvilG

Dark Order first came to my attention back in 1998 when Raul Alvarez from the band showed up at the forum promoting his band and then sending me their first album which I quite liked for it's aggressive thrash metal style. When the time came for selecting bands for this compilation, Dark Order were one of the very first bands I contacted hoping they would be interested in being on the compilation. The song featured here is on their newest CD, but it wasn't yet released at the time it was submitted to us. Since their CD is not available just anywhere, I thought their inclusion would still be beneficial to both the band and to us for making the compilation all the more better. 

The below interview is with Raul I. Alvarez, lead singer & guitarist for Dark Order.

Reviews: 5000 Years of Violence, The Violence Continuum

How did you first learn about

Well, a couple of years ago, I was on the SLAYER UBB Board, and friend suggested that I join your forum. That guy was MoonStalker from the Metal-Rules forum. The history!



Are you a regular visitor to the webzine?

Whenever I get that chance, I try to visit. I don't have Internet at home because I spend all my money on DARK ORDER (and all it's various bills....AAARRRGGGHHH!) and on my musical equipment. So whenever I jump on the net, I ALWAYS visit. It's the most comprehensive Metal website on the Earth!



How important is or the Internet in general for getting your music?

Extremely important. Aside from Australia and New Zealand, where our albums are available at shops through Something for Now/MGM distribution (Mid January), the internet is the only way to order our albums direct from us through our DARK ORDER website or METAL-RULES CD store (which I'm working on).



In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has meant to you?

It has been the central focal point on which world Metal can gather unto itself info, music etc. etc. If it's a new band you never have heard of, or want to find out the gist of Metal around the world, I always visit as my way of seeing the world of Metal as it REALLY is. Not what conservative record Company Media/propaganda is trying to tell you to listen to, cause they are just trying to push the product that they have. With all this fucking Mallcore going around, half the time it's really crap bands that DO NOT represent the hearts of true Metal.



Do you think webzines like are, or maybe someday could, replace traditional published magazines?

Yes...definitely. This form of media is extremely fast, environmentally friendly. No need for print. The Net will become more common place, not just to computers, but through other devices. It's already happening. Look at PDA's for example. Magazines, beware...hehehee the shroud of the dark side has fallen...WAR HAS BEGUN...



Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person plays?

DARK ORDER Line up is:

Raul Ignacio Alvarez: Guitars & Vocals & the main song writer/creator of the band's artistic being. And snoring from HELL!

Zoran Mrakic: Bass & Backing Vocals...and crazy rock star hooliganism! Females, bow down to him...

Vladimir "Houdini" Troussov: Drums & Disappearing acts that will astound!



How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to achieve in the coming years with the band?

Well, Zoran and I got together back in 1993, under the name "Vanadium", and changed in 1995 to DARK ORDER. We now have two albums out: 5000 Years of Violence (1998) & The Violence Continuum (2002). Why such a long time between albums, you may ask, then please read on...

During that time till now, we have had many line up changes, mainly because of WOMEN intruding (Yes folks, unfortunate that PUSSY is more powerful than Music) and stealing our drummers. Added to that fact, we are not signed, all have full time jobs, so things end up being done at a snails pace (AAARRRGGHH!). But proudly, we march on like the soldiers of Metal that we are.

Our current future plans are to release a DVD in mid 2003 and have a third album out late 2004. We are working on playing shows in Europe soon, possibly Wacken Open Air, Full Force, Bang Your Head or Summer Breeze. Nothing is set in stone, but trust me, when I set my sights on a goal, nothing gets in my way. Just ask Zoran.

Of course the obvious thing is that we want to be signed, but with the right deal. To many bands get fucked up so easily.



In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what you play?

We play a modern form of Thrash Metal that is still grounded in its roots, but we are trying to add a new texture to it. We are not claiming to be something totally radical, but I am trying to mix classic Bay Area style Thrash Metal, New York Style Thrash (Anthrax) the mood and sounds of musical scores of what is being done by the likes of Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams etc...

So, one would say that we are NOT pure Thrash Metal, like Slayer, Sodom, or Destruction, but we are 90% at the core Thrash Metal mixed with certain elements of Death Metal, Power Metal and Movie scores. One must listen carefully to where I have been influenced in our songs from Movie scores. I'll give you a hint in one...."Mission to the Continuum". The opening chords are based on the scene where The BORG Cube travels towards the Earth in Star Trek: First Contact. Another hint would be the middle section of "Slaves Of A Nameless God" there is a chord progression that is from the 'Imperial march' music of Star Wars.



Who have been some of your main influences?

With me, aside from the Film score composers like Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams & James Horner, its been mainly S.O.D., Slayer, Iron Maiden, ANTHRAX (big one), Exodus, Violence, Iced Earth, Testament, Zakk Wylde, Exhorder, Kiss, Morbid Angel, Death Angel & Manowar. I also listen to ILLAPU alot, a Chilean folk band. Elements of all those bands are very prevalent in all our songs. For Zoran, lately its been Sodom, Destruction, Exodus, Violence, Manowar, W.A.S.P., and then I guess the same bands I mentioned...(geez I can't think anymore...he'll kill me.....)

I have been listening to other things ALOT lately, like NightWish, Blind Guardian, Kamelot, Stratovarius & a bit of Dungeon...sorry...ALOT of Dungeon (haha), none of those bands, except Dungeon, have influenced my music. In the case of Dungeon, however, their song "The Legend Of Huma" is the direct 'godfather' of our song called "Moby Dick Chapter 2: Blood of the Sea". I think Lord Tim (guitarist/singer of Dungeon) would be proud of that fact!



Is your band currently signed to a record label?

Unfortunately, we are NOT signed yet to a record company, though I know that GREAT potential will come to one that does decide to sign us up. We want the know full signed, touring till our heads drop off, the whole package! It's so hard to get noticed when your in Australia. For music, it's the arse of the planet. There so many great bands here, but none rarely get noticed, especially the fact that local labels say to us that there is no market for this sort of music. I say that they are blind, and that they do not see the whole world of Metal as it truly is. So YES, we want to get fully signed, work our arses off touring, writing, putting out albums etc. We have stood the test of time. So we will NOT fail. Never underestimate the power of the dark side. We have distribution currently with Somthing for Now/MGM in Australia & New Zealand only.



Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?

Yes. We are on 'Metal For The Brain IX', Kerrang! Vol 2 (Australian Kerrang!) & 2RRR 'UnEarthed" (Local radio compilation).



Where did you hear about this compilation?

From EvilG! He e-mailed me a while ago. I love the fact that he is letting bands like us, as we say in Australia, 'Have a go, ya mug'.



Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?

It will reach the very HEART of Metal-dom, after all, this is where all REAL metal-heads come! Best place to spread the sound of DARK ORDER.



Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal-Rules compilation and why?

Ye gods...the best feature...ummmm........I get a chance to hear all the other kick arse bands from around the world. Maybe DARK ORDER will end up touring with some! HA! Then all hell & chaos will break loose...HAHAHAHA! (Especially when Zoran infects them with his Mating call. This already happened at Wacken Open Air...)



Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?

It's one of my favorites of late....



Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it?

It was recorded at Velvet Sound Studio's, Mixed & produced by DARK ORDER & Adrian "Protools Fucken" Gregorieff. Recorded in May 2001.



Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all your material?

Yes, about 80%.



What is your song on this compilation about and what was the inspiration behind it?

The cyclical behavior & stupidity of humanity. Music wise, Anthrax & Slayer.



What about this song made you select it for this compilation OR if your band wrote or recorded a new song specifically for this CD, what things did you have in mind when writing the song for use this compilation?

It's song that people will Thrash their brains out!!!!



What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?

Definitely. I hope will get people to like us and get our albums! Fans to our gigs...



Are you hoping this might help you in some way gain the kind of exposure that may lead to a label picking you up?

HELL YEAH!!!! I want to get signed, and tour the world. Who doesn't?



As you know, most of the bands on this compilation are not extremely well known. Do you think a compilation CD with a group of mostly underground bands is a great way to help get your music noticed?

Shit YEAH! Best for people to see NEW bands first hand!



What do you think of compilation CD's overall?

The best way to promote a new band or album. Definitely better than releasing a single.



What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?

Maybe a Video CD-Rom...



If you had a chance to put together this type of compilation, what would be some of the unsigned bands you'd like to feature?

'Dungeon', 'Fury' & 'Infernal Method' from Australia!!!!! They fuckin' rip!!!



Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for " - Vol. II" if the opportunity presented itself?

As we say in Australia...FUCKEN OATH!!! (Which means 'yes, of course')



Where can people order your other recorded material?

At CD store, or at our website!!!



What are your band's upcoming battle plans?

Tour Europe at all the Metal festivals!!! Release Albums overseas!


Do you have any live dates coming up that you'd like to list here?

Not yet. But check our website for updates!!!!


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