There are some mornings that I sit in my humble abode and wonder what impact heavy metal is making in other parts of the world. Today happened to be one of those days. Since I was recently informed of a band from Gdansk, Poland called Chassis. My friend Ives, vocalist and bassist for Ireland’s Xerosun, was kind enough to connect me with Chassis frontman Michael Gabryelczyk. It turned out to be quite an amazing conversation.
“We’re going to be releasing our second album which will be entitled Social Distortion this September,” offered Michael. “We were the opening act this year for the bands Slayer and Limp Bizkit, and played to an audience of over 40,000 people at that concert.” The band will add another feather in their cap next month: “We’ll also be the opening act for the band KoRn on August 15th.” Impressive. So just who is Chassis?
The band originally formed in 1999. Their current lineup consists of Mateusz (Matt) Rybicki and Maciej (Mack) Konczak on guitars, Piotr (Peter) Piorkowski on bass, Karol Skrzynski on drums and of course, Michael who sings lead and all of the back-up vocals on the new album. “Matt helps with vocals when we perform live,” Michael stated. “Believe it or not, we also use a saxophone player and a second bass player when performing for large audiences. I know it sounds strange to have a saxophonist in a metal band,” Michael quipped, “but it really works well for us.” He then added, “We liked the band name of Chassis because a chassis is the framework that keeps everything held together so that any piece of equipment can function properly. We couldn’t hold together as a band if each of us were trying to do our own thing, but together, we hold everything in place quite well. The framework for us is the music, our fans and all those people that are involved with us, along with the guys and I being musicians and friends.”
Chassis has performed as a part of several tours throughout Poland and have appeared on several TV programs there. The guys have gigged at both small clubs and also at very large venues where they’ve jammed to crowds of several thousands. The band first went on the road in 2005 to support their debut album entitled wHyweroll. In 2006, they played in the Music Summer Box Tour and we’re a part of the MTV Rockuje Tour 2008.
In 2011, Chassis finished in second place for the “Antyfest competition” which is a contest organized by a Warsaw radio station in Poland. As part of the prize, they were invited to be the opening act for Volbeat, Mastodon, Motörhead, and Iron Maiden for the Polish edition of the “Sonisphere Festival.”
Michael also stated to me that the band “has recorded two official theme songs for the Professional Armfight League – Vendetta, (a professional arm wrestling league,) in Poland. This is very big in this part of Europe. The band would play the theme song(s) and also small pieces of music to help announce the contestants, all while the event was being broadcast live to several European countries.”
Next on their agenda is another tour in Poland this autumn and then being able to jam outside of the country after that. “The band’s booking manager is making a bid for us to play in China. We’re hoping to be able to do that,” Michael said excitedly. “If that works out, then maybe we could come back and perform in other parts of Europe.” From there, the sky is the limit.
You can find out more information about Chassis on their Facebook and MySpace pages. Unfortunately, the band currently does not have a way to purchase their music in the United States, but hopefully, that will soon change. Until then, feel free to request them during my shows on Metalholic Radio.
Here’s hoping that Chassis will soon be a metal mounting for the world!