Antony Hämäläinen - Daughter
Chaos and More
By: Sara Lambeth
courtesy of Antony Hämäläinen & Daughter Chaos
Whenever you hear Antony Hämäläinen (Nightrage, Nervosia,
Armageddon, Meridian Dawn, Nordjärvi) is involved in a new project,
or doing guest vocals on an album, you know it is going to be
awesome. When news broke a few years back about Hämäläinen
collaborating with guitarist extraordinare Chris Amott (Arch Enemy,
Dark Tranquillity) and the band Armageddon, the metal world was
ecstatic. We were blessed with Armageddon re-recording
their 1997 album, "Crossing The Rubicon'" with Hämäläinen on vocals
titling the album, "Crossing The Rubicon Revisited."
Yet, touring with Dark Tranquillity,
Amott was unable to fully dedicate himself to Armageddon. This turn
of events created the band Daughter Chaos which is picking up where
Armageddon left off. Vocalist Hämäläinen was kind enough to tell us
how Daughter Chaos came to be and what he's been up to over the last
DB: Last time we spoke, you were with Chris
[Amott] recording vocals for Armageddon and living in AZ. If you
don't mind sharing, why you left AZ and what you've been up to?
AH: Sure! Yes, it was just so many years of
120 degree heat for me (laughs) . So, it was nice to get back to the
East Coast and see a change in weather and be closer to family.
DB: What sparked the reason for changing the
name to Daughter Chaos?
AH: We wanted to keep Armageddon special for
when Chris could ever join us again on stage. Until then when you
see the name Daughter Chaos you know it’s us out there still playing
the songs we wrote together with Armageddon and the new stuff people
haven’t heard of yet.
DB:. Can you talk about the departure of
Chris and the current band lineup?
AH: Since Chris has been out with Dark
Tranquillity so much it was just impossible for him to be in two
places at once. They’re still touring three years for Atoma. Writing
is easy today with technology but to play live you have to choose
priorities and we all understood that. Chris wanted us to continue
and get these songs out. He was going to come up and play with us at
our first show in NYC but was in Russia with DT of course, so you
can see where it can be a problem (laughs)
DB: Are you currently in studio
recording the EP for Daughter Chaos?
AH: Yes, we are. Andrew is getting us rough
mixes this week actually, then after some more arguing we will hand
off the mixes to Zeuss (Hatebreed, Queensr˙che) for the final master
at the beginning of June. Should be out in late summer.
DB: The EP features what would have been on
the next Armageddon album?
AH: Yes five songs for this EP and we have
an album plus or more of material.
DB: Will Chris be a part of the recording?
AH: Just in the writing process only, the
Daughter Chaos crew will handle all the recordings.
DB: What does this album mean to you
It feels like a great relief to finally get some of these older
songs out, we worked really hard on them some years back. The
Armageddon fans are gonna love it. They’ll also love to hear the new
material that was gonna be on the future releases as well.
DB: The cover art has a Van Gogh "Starry
Night" vibe to it. Did you give Ibay Arifin complete artistic
freedom creating the artwork, or was there a certain design idea the
AH: From the beginning I really wanted Sara
involved with the art. From the logo to the album art. She’s a very
talented artist and she worked together with Ibay to create
something unique and it really captures the mood of our lyrics and
music. Adding futuristic landscapes with darker imagery. Some of the
things the band experimented with on "Captivity" and "Rubicon" so
we’re kind of picking up from where we left off there.
DB: What can we look forward to from
Daughter of Chaos?
AH: Hopefully some touring in support of our
EP then we should start work on the album with the last of the Amott
songs mixed in with new songs. Then repeat.
DB: Is this your only band currently, or are
you working on any other projects, for example Nervosia or Meridian
AH: No, no side projects on the horizon,
however I am currently working with a “bigger name” band. I can’t
say who yet until somethings have been worked out but it’s going to
shock the shit out of some people when announced (laughs).
DB You are one of the more intense
vocalists, especially live. Do you recall what your first time
performing in front of a crowd was like?
AH: Yes I do and it’s always kinda been like
that. Somewhat intense. I guess that’s some of my personality in
general. I just go with what the music tells me and try not to run
out of breath in the process (laughs).
DB: What was the first song you remember
learning to sing?
AH: It was probably something by W.A.S.P.
DB: What moment in your music career means
the most to you?
AH: This is a hard question to answer I
guess, because I’m still active and there are more moments to come.
But I’d say maybe joining Nightrage that was and still is one of my
favorite bands so it’s not every day you get to live out playing in
one of your favorite bands.
DB. Do you ever check out YouTube and watch
people cover Nightage (or any of your other bands) songs? If yes,
what were your thoughts?
AH: Yes. Some friends have sent me a few
things, saw some cool drum covers on there, it’s great, keep 'em
coming. I love making covers myself. It’s cool to hear their
interpretations. Especially when it’s stuff you had a hand in
DB: What would your dream tour be?
AH: Probably to play with Metallica or maybe
King Diamond. I got to open for Megadeth in Japan once so some of
the bucket list has been crossed off.
DB: What advice can you share to aspiring
AH: Practice as much as humanly
possible and never give up, even when important people in your life
tell you to.
DB: Is there anything you would like to add
AH: Everyone go check out Daughter Chaos on
social media and all streaming apps. Hope everyone in AZ is doing
well and will visit again soon. Take care!