Interview With God Dethroned – MHF

Interview With God Dethroned

By Chelf

An important part of the Dutch black metal scene, God Dethroned originally formed as a death metal band. When they reformed in 1996, they switched to blackened death metal and stayed that way until the release of Into the Lungs of Hell, when they shifted to melodic death metal. Continually getting high ranks in the metal charts these guys sure know what they are doing. On February 7th, they will release their new full-length, Illuminati, album via Metal Blade Records their most varied material to date. With a cover by Polish master Michał ‘Xaay’ Loranc (Nile, Evocation), Illuminati is conversant in the tenets of death metal – experimental where it needs to be, and indomitable in spirit. It’s the kind of album that will bestow the Dutch heroes with accolades and push them across Europe and then the rest of the globe throughout 2020. Song titles like ‘Spirit of Beelzebub’, ‘Broken Halo’, ‘Book of Lies’ and ‘Satan Spawn’ leave very little to the imagination as to what to expect from the band from a lyrical point of view.

But we do have other kinds of questions. Lots and lots of questions.

Hi Henri.

Yeah, it’s a bit of both I think. When death metal became popular by the end of the ’80s, there was not much else. You had heavy metal, you had thrash metal, speed metal, maybe black was already there but since then so many sub-genres of metal came about. Female-fronted bands, deathcore, there are a lot of new hypes coming fast, going away fast but it means that there’s so much content so many bands having releases. And everybody knows that the sales are dropping nowadays, there are streams which is a great thing of course but it has become a great battle, to stay alive between everything else that’s out there. And death metal has become just one of the subgenres of metal, and it’s not as popular today as it was back in the day. So when we had a break in 2012 until 2015, we came back and of course, people still remember us and we still could do a lot of shows and a lot of festivals but it’s more difficult to fight for your space, to get a spot on a festival. It’s not so easy anymore even if you are an established name, in the metal scene.

But we do have other kinds of questions. Lots and lots of questions.

Hi Henri.

Yeah, it’s a bit of both I think. When death metal became popular by the end of the ’80s, there was not much else. You had heavy metal, you had thrash metal, speed metal, maybe black was already there but since then so many sub-genres of metal came about. Female-fronted bands, deathcore, there are a lot of new hypes coming fast, going away fast but it means that there’s so much content so many bands having releases. And everybody knows that the sales are dropping nowadays, there are streams which is a great thing of course but it has become a great battle, to stay alive between everything else that’s out there. And death metal has become just one of the subgenres of metal, and it’s not as popular today as it was back in the day. So when we had a break in 2012 until 2015, we came back and of course, people still remember us and we still could do a lot of shows and a lot of festivals but it’s more difficult to fight for your space, to get a spot on a festival. It’s not so easy anymore even if you are an established name, in the metal scene.

Well, the first negative thing I have to say is that your house becomes a mess.  Guitars everywhere, cables everywhere, you can’t live properly for a couple of months. Then you do nothing else than record and play guitar and sing.

So there’s no proper time to cook food. So you end up having lots of junk food.

One of the main advantages is that you don’t have time pressure. At least not as much as in a studio. But you should not forget to finish the task at a reasonable timeframe. But Metal Blade always gives us a deadline so we don’t have unlimited time and that’s a good thing. But to be able to put so many details in music, as we did with this album you need to work without time pressure.  When I play my guitar I know exactly what I’m doing but when I’m doing special things with vocals and keyboards I have to experiment and figure out what’s best. To do that in the studio would be so expensive! Then you would have to decide not to do it at all or make very quick decisions. And we needed a lot of money for the videos so this helped us to divide the money a little bit better.

Yeah! I kept the ring that I’m wearing! I also get to keep some of the props because we made a lot of stuff for the video like the caskets and the capes. It’s nice to have something! We also used the same items for the second video and there will be a third one as well. This one will be more like a band video because the first two were like short movies. If you want to get a lot of viewers you need to promote, you need to advertise. And that goes through Google. So the downside here is that there so much violence in those videos that we can’t advertise that. So we need to make a proper band video that we can promote and that leads to more views and more exposure for the other videos as well.

Thank you so much, Henri!

Thank you for a really nice interview!

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SELEFICE – single “Mora” from mini album “I Met a God”. – MHF

SELEFICE – single “Mora” from mini album “I Met a God”.

The Cult Extreme Metallers from Greece SELEFICE break their 25-year silence.

On May 17th 2019, SELEFICE returned to discography with “I Met a God” MCD, to introduce themselves again to both their old fans and new audience with 4 nightmarish songs expressing the rage, fear, paranoia and despair they feel and exist in their own minds creating their own cosmos.

Savvas Betinis of ACID DEATH produced, mixed and mastered “I Met a God” in his own S.I.A. Recordings Studio.

In “I Met a God” included is the song “Mora”. 

ALSO RELEASED THE OFFICIAL VIDEO OF “MORA”

SELEFICE wrote a special page in the history of Greek Extreme Metal in 1993 with the release of their sole to date full length album “Where is the Heaven”.

17 months after their reunion and following a series of domestic live shows, SELEFICE return to discography with the mini album “I Met a God” in an attempt to introduce themselves again to both their old fans and new audience.

“I Met a God” includes 4 SELEFICE nightmares full of rage, fear, paranoia and despair. 3 of them are brand new (Mora, Kol Haneshama, I Met a God) while the 4th is an unreleased nightmare from 1993 (Damned) which finally sees the light of day.

Savvas Betinis of Acid Death produced, mixed and mastered “I Met a God” in his own S.I.A. Recordings Studio playing a significant role in this recording.

“I Met a God” was released on Friday May 17th 2019 digitally (Youtube, Bandcamp) and a few days later on self released CD from the band.

BEWARE!

SELEFICE – bio

SELEFICE is a greek metal band formed in 1990 in Athens and are part of the legendary era of the greek extreme metal scene of the early ’90s along with bands like Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Acid Death, Nightfall, Piranha, Horrified, Septicemia, Epidemic and many more. SELEFICE shared the stage with most of these bands.

In 1991 SELEFICE released their “Selefice” demo including 3 songs. This demo sold over 1000 copies worldwide via tape-trading. At the same time the band appeared on stage as much as possible at shows and metal festivals especially in their hometown Athens.

At the end of 1993 SELEFICE released their only full album until today entitled “Where Is The Heaven” in vinyl format from the greek Molon Lave Records and on CD from the german label Soundphaze International.

In 1994 due to several circumstances the band abruptly split up.

Many underground fans wondered through the years what could be the band’s progress if they hadn’t split up. Over the years SELEFICE gained a cult status and “Where Is The Heaven” was considered by many as one of the hidden diamonds of the greek extreme metal scene and an album ahead of its time.

Despite the passing of almost 24 years many people were looking forward for a reunion growing the band’s name again in the underground.

In 2015 Floga Records re-released the SELEFICE demo in both vinyl and CD format along with with other legendary demos of that golden era in a compilation entitled “Long Live The Past”.

At the same time 2 of the band’s basic and founding members Miltos J. (guitar/vocals) and Petros M. (guitar/backing vocals) felt the urge to reactivate the band.

At the end of 2017, this was finally materialized when the SELEFICE line up was completed with the addition of 2 new members: Manos M. (bass/backing vox) and Vaggelis V. (drums). Both of them have been active in the underground since the early 90s and involved in bands like Necromancy, Atavism, Internal Decadence and more. Before the first half of 2018 Floga Records had re-released “Where is the Heaven” full length in CD/LP/die hard orange LP.

After intensively rehearsing for several months, SELEFICE appeared in local live shows in their hometown Athens in 2018 and shared the stage with bands like Piranha, Daylight Misery, Show Your Face, Silent Winter and Speedrush to name a few. In the meantime, many new songs were composed.

In fall 2018 SELEFICE entered S.I.A. Recordings Studios with Savvas Betinis of Acid Death behind the console and mixing board to record “Where is the Heaven” successor, a MLP/MCD entitled “I Met a God”. This mini album features 4 tracks, 3 of them capturing the band’s best material written in the period 2017-2018 and the essence of the band’s today’s sound, while the 4th track is an unreleased and never recorded before song that dates back to 1994! All songs have been performed in live shows and the reactions have been more than positive!

At the same period the MVP Project released Selefice – This Death Is Back (2018) | Documentary, which can be found on YouTube.

While working on “I Met a God” mini album, SELEFICE headlined a local fest in the legendary AN CLUB in Exarcheia, Athens, Greece in February 2019, exactly 25 years after their last show in the same venue before disbanding! Moreover, SELEFICE appeared in the ROOM OF DOOM FEST II in October 2019 alongside some of today’s most known doom metal bands.

“I Met a God” was released on May 17th 2019. So, keep an eye out on SELEFICE comeback after 25 whole years with a solid as a rock release with absolutely no fillers!

THIS DEATH IS BACK!

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