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Formed: 1990
From: Beilen, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active


God Dethroned was formed by mainman Henri Sattler in 1990. After one demo they released their debut album “The Christhunt” in 1992 on a tiny German label. Due to problems with the other band members and the record company, Henri decided to split the band. He then formed Ministry Of Terror and released the “Fall Of Life” album with them in 1994. After a European tour Henri left the band and re-formed God Dethroned. With new band members and better songs in his back, Henri and the new God Dethroned recorded “The Grand Grimoire” and inked a deal with Metal Blade. Many successful tours followed in Europe, the U.S. and Japan with great Death and Black Metal acts like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Immortal, and Marduk, just to name a few.

In the meantime most of the renowned festivals were played: Dynamo Open Air, Wacken, Graspop and Summer Breeze. Drummer Roel Sanders left the band after the US tour promoting “Bloody Blasphemy”. Nile’s Tony Laureano played on the “Ravenous” album, but couldn’t stay. Janne from The Crown played on the tour and finally new drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek came in, whose first recording experience with the band was “Into the Lungs of Hell”.

Bassist Beef and guitar player Jens didn’t have the motivation any more to keep on touring and playing, so they decided to call it quits after about 8 years. About 2 months before the recording of “The Lair of the White Worm” bass player Henk joined the band, and 2 weeks before the recording axeman Isaac came in.

God Dethroned Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with God Dethroned.


Kaltenbach Open Air Celebrating 10th Anniversary

The Austrian underground metal festival "Kaltenbach Open Air" (K:O:A) is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. Reason enough for Wolfgang Bartl (Rottinghill-webzine) to have a chat with K:O:A organiser Thomas Spiwak below.

Wolfgang: Hello Thomas, and thank you for taking the time for this interview! How are you?

Thomas: Hello Wolfgang, thanks for asking. So far so good and after the somewhat strenuous booking phase, it has become a little quieter again in the meantime . Preparations are rolling according to plan and we are confident that we will be able to deliver a great festival once again this year.

Wolfgang: What is currently going on in Kaltenbach?

Thomas: Currently, we mainly focus on promoting the festival but also the first hot phase of selling pre-sale tickets is gearing up already. Interviews are to be given, accreditation requests to be worked through, and also the first merchandise booths are getting booked. Concerning our infrastructure the first contracts are signed and our festival site is taking shape already virtually.

Wolfgang: Last year you appeared to be somewhat uncertain concerning the revival of the festival, whether and how well it will be received by the fans. In retrospect, how did it all work out in the end? More...

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An Interview With God Dethroned's Henri Sattler

God Dethroned is a death metal act that is just as impressive at being brutal as it is at being melodic. The band's popularity soared after 2009’s “Passiondale.” It was a hard-hitting spectacle that was based around one of the most important wars in history, World War I. The band returned to that concept with it's latest scorcher, “Under the Sign of the Iron Cross.” Released a year after “Passiondale,” there is no signs of the band rehashing old material or traversing previously-soiled musical ground.

Metalunderground.com had the opportunity to conduct an e-mail interview with vocalist/guitarist Henri Sattler about the World War I concept on the past two albums, the line-up changes, and his thoughts on the band’s first few under-appreciated albums. More...

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