If God Destruction is not a name on your radar then you are currently living life wrong. This Unholy Trinity has been devouring the dark-electro/Harsh EBM scene ever since they released their smashing album Illuminatus. They garnered praise from absolutely everywhere and demolished expectations with six minute songs that changed three to four times throughout its duration. Compared the blatant lack of creativity on many harsh EBM acts who looped their songs over and over and over again, God Destruction crept their way up to a legendary status among fans and critics. Their heavy hitting black metal inspired dark electro music has not taken the back seat as Redentor also hit shelves this year. Already gaining steady praise (a 9 out of 10 from us), I got the chance to speak with Imperor, the main mind, producer, and founder of God Destruction to talk about history and God Destruction's latest album Redentor.
You have been hitting the dark electro scene with angst and power ever since the release of Iluminatus. Who are the members of God Destruction, and what instruments do they play?
IMPEROR: There are three members in God Destruction: The Bishop, The Priest, The Deacon. IMPEROR (main mind, vocalist, producer & Founder). CHARLES BLACK (Synthesizers). MUTEITOR (Guitars). We represent the unholy trinity.
Where and when did you first pick up an instrument? When was it that you decided that you wanted to make music as a career?
IMPEROR: There is always a first time to take an instrument but maybe that is irrelevant, the most important moment is when your instrument is taken seriously and used for a more meaningful end... The first time for me was when God Destruction was shown to the world. We did not decide to make music as a career, we decided to make music on the Devil's demand.
Could you name five bands that have influenced you?
IMPEROR: As every musician, we have a diversity of genres and bands that have influenced us, but if you want to know five bands that have influenced us directly I must mention Watain, Tamtrum, Bathory, Behemoth, Alien Vampires & Psyclon 9. I know, I have the need to mention an extra band, sorry.
How did you meet and recruit the other members of God Destruction?
IMPEROR: As in most cases, childhood friends who meet again with tastes and ideologies in common - after a long time in this case. Charles Black and I met again 5 years later after a long time in a local Metal event in Mexico City. We talked for a couple of weeks while I had already started the first experimental samples. We have been friends since 2004. We started creating Black Metal then created and mixed electronic sounds.
Subsequently, Muteitor completed the lineup, whom we met at one of our presentations as a duo when we presented demo tracks and a couple of early Illuminatus songs. Muteitor had a Dark Electro project which he showed us and was to our satisfaction so we decided to recruit him. Muteitor has had constant conflicts with Charles Black, but we finally finished recording the past two albums with Muteitor in the line-up.
And in which year did God Destruction officially start?
IMPEROR: God Destruction was officially released in 2010 with two demos already known to some people; Satan Before to Destroy the World and VI:VI:VI although production officially began in 2009.
The first with eight tracks and the second with four, where the main theme was 'In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas'.
You released your first demo VI:VI:VI in 2010. Do you have any plans to re-release VI:VI:VI?
IMPEROR: We have no plans to re-release old songs; each of our tracks have been created with a specific purpose. The reconstruction of old themes alters our origin. We are satisfied with what they were - despite the low quality - but somehow have been a fundamental part and have brought us to where we are now.
You have a lot of occult symbols and Satanic themes within your band. Do you identify as a Satanist for religion? Or is Satanism just a style used for the band?
IMPEROR: What we show on our albums visually and generally in the project are mere representations of our ideology and outlook on life. What you see is what we are and what we want to show the world. The Satanic ideology is part of everyday life of an individual is within them to want to see reality. A reality that we want to show. As you may realize, our albums are consecutive and have an even unfinished story.
Your latest album, Redentor, has released via Insane Records. Why did you choose to release Redentor on Insane Records and not another record label?
IMPEROR: Why not? Each label has its features and functions differently. It was only a matter of speaking, listening proposals and reaching an agreement. Insane Records and us made a pact and only they and we know what it is. We are working together and that is what matters at this time. We are happy to work with them. Maybe it's just fate.
How is the music on Redentor different from your previous two albums, Novus Ordo Seclorum and Illuminatus?
IMPEROR: Musically, it is different in sound quality and programming and is somewhat more complex than the previous CDs. Sure, we all have to evolve and show some more quality over time. Maybe it's more heavy than the last albums; I dont know. The album has been approved by the Devil. What is certain is that after Redentor, we will have to create something better or simply decide to cease the existence of God Destruction.
The lyrical content of your albums all seem to be similar. Did you focus on any themes when writing the lyrics for Redentor?
IMPEROR: Each song tells a different story, every song is a story or a dream. Dreams tell many things, and this album is based on them, mainly 'Rotten', which tells the story of someone who came from hell. Many times, the letter focuses on what is happening with us at that time or season. I must say that there are also tracks that nobody will understand in Redentor; it's still not the time yet.
Would you say that Redentor is better than your previous two outputs? And which song did you like the most on Redentor?
IMPEROR: What do you think? What is your view? I can say many things about it. Could not give an answer, all we've done is there, there is no "best" and "worst"; that would be denying our origin, what we have done will be there right or wrong. I think the audience is the one who could answer that question. So, seeing things from the point of view of the audience I will say this; That's right, Redentor is better album than the previous ones, at least that Novus Ordo Seclorum. Oh, sure, 'Rotten' is my favorite song, what's yours?
I have seen nothing but positive reviews for Redentor. Have you seen anything negative spread about the album?
IMPEROR: Not for the moment, but It will be good to hear both positions. Many times people tend to give positive opinions and can not say what they really feel. We are open to positive and negative opinions, it is what makes us grow. Things may not be perfect for all eternity. light without darkness, without the black and white, good and evil, you understand me? It's a universal law.
I know that you just recently played with C-Lekktor at the Agonize event in Mexico City. Do you have any other shows planned for 2016?
IMPEROR: Perhaps some shows, it's just a matter of waiting. If people want to listen, we will be there. Incidentally, the collaboration with C-lekktor was interesting, we had never worked that way with any band. It is just the beginning. The time will be close to present Redentor properly.
Lastly, I thank you for your time, and wish you the best in spreading evil. Cheers!
IMPEROR: Sure, you're welcome. Thank you for giving us the opportunity of this interview. We hope to see you at some point. Keep praising the devil.
God Destruction's Redentor is available for purchase from Insane Records' Bandcamp HERE!
May 17 2016
I would say that the most important thing in life and probably our biggest freedom is for people to be themselves. And if a person has the opportunity to express themselves, they shall not hesitate to do that for one second. And it's not a question of doing that in a creative or artistic form of art. So I think that would be my last words. If you can express yourself, DO IT!
Front 242, Jan 01 2003
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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