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Album Review

It seems like a prerequisite of sorts nowadays: bands that fit within the extreme metal subgenre are expected to tackle some pretty heavy-duty (and often gnarly) subject matter in their lyrics — that is, if you can decipher the lyrics through all the growls. On this 2009 release by God Dethroned, Passiondale, the lads from the Netherlands have penned a concept album of sorts, focusing entirely on World War I. The impetus for the album arose when the bandmembers often found themselves hanging out in the Belgian town of Ypres, which during World War I saw many a bloody battle between the Germans and the Allied Forces. While the lyrics may tell a story, the music is exactly what you'd expect from God Dethroned — or just about any extreme metal band for that matter — as evidenced by such tracks as "Under a Darkening Sky" and "Poison Fog." Images of war and the sounds of metal do battle throughout Passiondale.

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God Dethroned have created a Masterpiece

Death Metal stemming from Holland is what can be called thinking man's death metal, especially of recently. First, Hail of Bullets brings a masterpiece together by making the Eastern Front come to life in "Of Frost and War". While WW2 battles and storeis are often covered within the metal world, I can only think of a few instances where WW1 is touched upon. Iron Maiden obvisouly has, along with Motorhead and recently Dismember with the track Europa Burns, but no one has covered an entire battle and brought the horrors of the 1st world war to life like God Dethroned has with Passiondale. This is an epic record with beautiful melodies, brutality and blast beats. The story telling is especially effective in Poison Fog where Henri tells the story of a soldier and his nightmares of the smell of the mustard gas. While some songs such as "Drowning in Mud" bring the story to life from an action standpint, songs like "No Survivors" let you feel the pain within the soldiers minds. The story telling is both critical of the governments involved, and sympathetic to the soldiers who died and those lived on with the horrific images years later. Passiondale is well thought out concept with excellent musicianship that GD have become known for.

The Great Dutchmen Metal Heads

The Dutchmen Metal heads get better with every new album. Every song is integral to the story of "Passiondale" that this album should be bought as a whole rather than individually. However, the songs that really stand-out to me are; No Man's Land, Poison Fog, Passiondale, No Survivors, and Behind Enemy Lines. Just remember, this is a geniously layered album that will give you something new with each listen.


I was ready to write this band off a few years ago due to the horrendus stream of crap they were coming out with but this album is very good. A return to the roots of their brutality they had with "Bloodly Blasphemies" and Grand Grimiore" nice to see them coming back to form.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dutch death-metal band God Dethroned was formed in 1991 by vocalist Henri Sattler with several friends (credited only as M. Beukeveld, M. Arends, and A. Dijkstra); they recorded a demo and got the opportunity to release an album on the small German label Shark in 1992. Titled The Christhunt, it did little commercially, and God Dethroned went on hiatus the following year, with Sattler forming a new group called Ministry of Terror. Following that band's 1994 album Fall of Life and a supporting European...
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