Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interview with Henri Sattler of God Dethroned

Hey there, how are you?Doing fine, thank you.
Only about a week now until the release of “The World Ablaze” are you excited?Yes very much. Especially since the reviews have been so great.
Not only is this your first album since regrouping in 2014 but also the first album with Jeroen Pomper and Mike Ferguson in the band, how do you feel this has shifted the sound of God Dethroned from the last album?They definitely contributed to the sound of the band i a very positive way. With Mike Ferguson we have one of the best lead guitar players in the Dutch Death Metal scene and he shows that on the album. Both Mike and Jeroen have contributed to the songwriting process. They gave me a lot of ideas to choose from and they told me to just take what a needed for a specific song and that was a great way of working together.
Not only playing and writing with new members, but recording the first album in 7 years must have been different as well, what was different this time around?
Not that much. Just that we wanted to make an album that’s much more dynamic and diverse. We wanted more melodies in the songs this time and also more parts to bang your head to.
Under the Sign of the Iron Cross was a very fast and aggressive album which is great, but tends to get boring during a live show. Now the songs are a lot more suitable for live shows.

Now looking all the way back, it’s been 25 years since the release of your acclaimed debut album “The Christhunt”, outside of the obvious lineup changed how do you feel you have evolved as both a musician and a band?
Luckily i can say that i became a much better guitarist and songwriter. The first album was very underground and not played that well. Still i meet people who think it’s the best album we ever made!
That’s funny in itself, but it shows that music is all about emotion and not about skills.

Well, it’s time to really promote the new album, is there a tour coming soon?
First we’ll do some album release shows in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. After that it’s festival season and right now we are looking into possible tours for the fall. We have various options, also for the US and Japan. We’ll let you know in time.
What do the next couple years for God Dethroned look like? Are you already starting to think about the next album or is that too far ahead?First we will promote this one as much as we can and then we’ll start thinking about a new album. First things first though.
In terms of a tour over in my part of the world, God Dethroned has made it over to North America a few times in the past, are you hoping to bring a tour over here in the next year or so?
Yes that would be awesome. But we need to be part of a good package. You can’t just do it on your own and if you want people also to show up on sundays, mondays, tuesdays and wednesdays then you definitely need a strong line-up. There’s just too much going on these days and people have to make choices, so it has to be special...
Last but not least, do you have anything you’d like to share with your fans now that God Dethroned is back?Just check out “The World Ablaze”! It’s a great album and needs to be heard !
Thank you very much for your time!
Cheers, Henri
God Dethroned

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