GOD DETHRONED are back. Hell yeah!!! This is one of my all time fave bands. That they have a new album out on May 5th is like X-mas times 10 for me. Answers from Henri. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
God Dethroned seems to have been around for an eternity now. What is it that drives you to still bring metal to the people?
-We just love playing live and to be able to keep on doing that you need a new album from time to time. It’s been 7 years since our last release so it was about time.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name back in the day? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-I guess it’s always hard to pick a name. When i founded the band back in 1990 it was quite common to have anti religious lyrics and band names. Many bands kicked against religion and i felt that too. I despised it, hence the name God Dethroned.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today as you are older and wiser?
-I was blown away by the first Death Metal bands that were around those days. Albums like Left Hand Path, Altars of Madness, Like an Ever Flowing Stream, War Master and Lost Paradise were my biggest influence.
Nowadays i still listen to these bands and to new bands, but also to totally different artists like David Gilmour and so on.
You got a new album to promote. How would you say this new one fit with the older ones?
-The new album is a typical GD album, with all the elements in it that you would expect from us. It’s just that this album is much more diverse and dynamic compared to it’s predecessor “Under the Sign of the Iron Cross”.
More melodies and mid tempo parts and therefore more suitable for a live situation.
I believe that digital is killing the album format People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I have no experience with that, but i heard about bands like Smashing Pumpkins who tried this concept and were very dissappointed with the result. People seem to only take you seriously when you have a new album out. Hopefully there will be enough people around who still buy the physical product.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It is important, because when you do it right it adds to the value of the product and peoples willingness to want to have it in their collection. But also bonus material is important. We added a DVD with 2 festivals shows and a song from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, so there’s something special to offer.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-No we promote the same way when the time comes to promote a new album. Just loads of interviews. And for the rest a lot of posts on facebook, but the biggest impact still comes from good old fashioned album promotion with interviews.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Of course. In my opinion being part of the Metal scene is the best thing that can happen to you as a musician. Metal heads are loyal to their favorite bands and are open towards new ones.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Touring nowadays only makes sense when you tour with a strong line-up. Otherwise nobody will come to the shows on monday, tuesday and wednesday. Then it’s better to just play weekend shows and festivals. That’s what we mainly do nowadays anyway.
What will the future bring?