God Dethroned’s new record, Illuminati, out now on Metal Blade Records, couldn’t come at a more fitting time in the world’s history. Its heavy, brooding themes and driving rhythms are the perfect backdrop for the coming apocalypse. We caught up with Henry Sattler, guitrist, vocalist, and founder, to talk about the new release.
What are you most excited about with this new record, and how does it differ from, or build on, previous work?
The songs just turned out great. Not only did we record very catchy tunes, we also managed to add many layers in the songs. We added a lot of keyboards to enhance the atmosphere and also added lots of different types of vocals, varying from choirs to grunts combined with clean singing. This makes the album really special and interesting to listen to for a very long time.
What are some major lyrical themes on this album? What inspired you to make a record about the Illuminati and the occult?
We went back to the dark side with this album. We used these kinds of themes also in the past, but the last three albums were concept albums about World War I. Our fans started requesting occult themes again already a while ago, and so we decided to do that. We never wrote songs about freemasonry or the Illuminati before, so we managed to do something new as well.
What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have a tour or other plans you want to highlight?
We will embark on a European tour the week after the album release and probably do another one a few months later. Then there’s the summer festivals in Europe, and after summer, a tour in South America and the U.S.
How do you feel about the resurgence of brutally melodic music in underground metal popularity? What about now do you think made the sound surge in popularity?
I think there’s always room for melodic music, whether it is extreme music or not. God Dethroned is known for its strong melodies in the songs, but if this type of metal is on the uprise again, then that’s just a bonus.
Is there anything else you/d like to add?
Yes, check out our videos. We did videos for the songs ‘Illuminati,’ ‘Spirit of Beelzebub,’ and ‘Book of Lies.’ The latter one will be released on the album release date (February 7). We put in a lot of effort to make something special. No regular band videos, but short movies. Dark and occult. Definitely worth checking out!