Wednesday, 25 April 2012

GOD DETHRONED - The Christhunt (1992)

01  Intro: Necrosapiens
02  Hordes Of Lucifer
03  Christ Carnage
I04  nfernal Sights Of A Bloody Dawn (Morbid Rites)
05  Necromagnon
06  The Christhunt
07  Cadavers
08  Unholdin Of Hewe
09  God Dethroned

God Dethroned was formed in 1991 by singer and guitar player Henri Sattler, with Hans Leegstra (guitar) and Ard de Weerd. Sattler and Leegstra had previously been in Dysentery; Leegstra, quickly after the band formed, left the music scene altogether. Their debut album, 'The Christhunt', was released on the German label Shark in 1992. The album did poorly; the label had also refused to feature a dissected rat on the cover and did not promote the record at all. Dethroned went on hiatus the following year, in part because Sattler's anti-Christian sympathy was not shared by the rest of his band mates.

Compared to the blackened death metal sound of recent, 'The Christhunt' is just death metal. Less about breakneck speed, most of the songs have a groove ala Obituary and Morbid Angel. The songs are lengthy and slip between mid-paced chugs and blasting fury. Single "Necromagnon" is the closest thing to what the band would evolve into, with its insane tempo and thunderous double bass drumming. "God Dethroned" is a lost anthem, a track that deserves to be played at every live show and "Christ Carnage" is also another stand-out track to be found on this record. If I had to compare the band's sound to any other artist, I'd say it falls somewhere between the demonic frenzy of Deicide and the cannon fire assault of Bolt Thrower.

God Dethroned went into hiatus after 'The Christhunt', but came back with a renewed energy a few years later. As the old cliche goes, the rest is history. The band seldom plays anything from this era, which isn't a huge shock considering most casual fans have never heard of the album. This is the band attacking Christianity in a sinister manner they would never replicate again. For being a snapshot of a time when God Dethroned danced with the devil and bathed in evil, 'The Christhunt gets' the nod. The band actually split up in 1993, but Henri Sattler reformed the band in 1996. Henri originally announced that 2011 will be the last year of the band recording and touring, but they performed at the 70, 000 tons of metal cruise, January 2012.

*Originally featured black and white artwork. The album was re-released in 1998 by Cold Blood Industries with alternate artwork (pictured). A promotional video for the track "Necromagnon" was shot.

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