The latest biography from the Dutch death squadron has a wise saying:
"the higher you rise, the harder you fall". Guitar player Jens puts
this into perspective: "it's a statement that applies to a lot of
bands. Whenever you reach a certain height, you soon enough will
see the other side of the coin."
The benefits from this music
alone are not enough to survive. That's why normal jobs are a part
of our lives as well. We have been on the road in the States for
5 weeks, then in Japan and next we had two European tours. Try to
keep this going conditionally. Not everybody is the same for that
matter. Roel (our drummer) plays in another band as well (that wasn't
taking too much time previously) and has to make more time for them
at the moment. Yet I don't consider ourselves being the high-fliers
that fell down. God Dethroned still belongs in the scene with as
much devotion as ever before."
With Tony Laureano (ex-Angel
Corpse) the temporarily thinned out cast could be strenghtened,
and the recording of "Ravenous" could go on. It was a job that the
drummer was capable of handling. "Tony is a studio musician that
is in high demand and he with others, Nile for example. It became
clear very soon though that we could not convince him to be a permanent
member. When his long term schedule permits, he might be making
time to tour with us. If not, we have some other candidates available.
We deliberately chose to record
the songs as tight as possible and to drive the speed of the songs
to the limit. The way Tony plays obviously left a mark on the whole.
In several songs you can hear the American influence which was never
the case in the past. In general we try to increase the death and
thrash portion in our sound compared to the black metal percentage.
The production of this CD is a lot bigger and more brutal as well."
God Dethroned isn't the first
band covering the Death classic "Evil Dead".
"Since Chuck Schuldiner was ill, benefit concerts were being organized
in the Netherlands to raise money for this treatment. All involved
bands had to play at least one Death cover. Such a benefit was on
the schedule (Hardenberg March 24-see GIGS-/YK) two days after we
got back from America (actually the benefit was delayed because
we wanted God Dethroned to be a part of it/YK). Due to the short
preperation time we had, we chose an older song that was easier
to study. When we thought of a bonus track we certainly were going
to take this one into consideration, although somewhat speedier."
With the obscure cover version
of Macabre End (Consumed By Darkness) in the middle and a tribute
(Evil Dead) to Chuck at the end, this CD became a beautiful whole.
by YK/MM for EmptyWords-Published on March 25 2001