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Four long years after the release of their highly acclaimed album “Illuminati”, Dutch black/death metal icons God Dethroned descend from the shoals of silence with their brand new offering, “The Judas Paradox”, due out on September 6th, 2024, through Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM). The hellish Dutchmen don’t beat around the bush and set the bar high right away, delivering a fierce statement about the Vatican’s darkest secrets with their new single, “Rat Kingdom”.

Frontman Henri explains:

“This song is about the Vatican and the many secrets that are being kept there, away from the eyes of the world. And he who speaks will disappear in the shadows down below. Musically, it’s a song that starts with a classic pile of melody lines, making it both hymnic and bombastic, followed by a blast of fury with a black metal vibe and the Serpent King’s very own style of guitar solo – one which stands out from the masses inspired by the late Jeff Hanneman.”

Following “Asmodevs” (2022), which was re-worked for “The Judas Paradox” under the adapted title “Asmodeus”, “Rat Kingdom” is the second single from God Dethroned’s upcoming thirteenth studio album. It represents a sonic descent into the heart of darkness and deceit, where the lines between good and evil are blurred, and the true nature of power is revealed. This brutal and unflinching exploration of the human condition strips away the masks, laying bare mankind’s true nature.

Eleven songs strong, “The Judas Paradox” was produced by the band themselves, with mixing handled by their own singer/guitarist Henri “The Serpent King” Sattler. Tony Lindgren, who previously worked with scene greats such as Opeth, Amoprhis, Enslaved, Katatonia, Kreator and Sepultura, took over mastering duties at Fascination Street Studios, rounding off the grandly sinister sound of “The Judas Paradox”.

“The Judas Paradox” will be supported by an extensive live schedule, kicking off with a European run alongside Batushka and VLTIMAS starting on September 26th. Additional shows are in the works and will be announced soon; all current dates can be found below!

1. The Judas Paradox
2. Rat Kingdom
3. The Hanged Man
4. Black Heart
5. Asmodeus
6. Kashmir Princess
7. Hubris Anorexia
8. The Eye Of Providence
9. Hailing Death
10. Broken Bloodlines
11. War Machine

God Dethroned live:

20.07.2024 DE Weil am Rhein – Baden in Blut Metal Open Air
03.08.2024 PT Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest

“Epic Prophecy For Europe”
w/ Batushka, VLTIMAS
26.09.2024 RO Bucharest – Metal Gates Festival (Warm-Up Party)
27.09.2024 BG Sofia – Mixtape 5
28.09.2024 AT Vienna – Szene
30.09.2024 AT Graz – Explosiv
01.10.2024 CZ Ostrava – Barrák Music Club
03.10.2024 HU Budapest – A38
04.10.2024 IT San Donà di Piave (VE) – Revolver Club
05.10.2024 IT Rome – Traffic Live
06.10.2024 IT Paderno Dugnano (MI) – Slaughter Club
08.10.2024 DE Leipzig – Hellraiser
09.10.2024 CH Lucerne – Schüür
10.10.2024 DE Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
12.10.2024 UK Manchester – Academy 3
13.10.2024 UK Bristol – Thekla
14.10.2024 IE Dublin – The Academy
15.10.2024 UK Belfast – Limelight 2
18.10.2024 UK Sheffield – Corporation
20.10.2024 UK London – The Underworld Camden
24.10.2024 DE Herford – KulturWerk

Info & tickets:

05.10.2025 US Elgin, IL – Metal Threat Fest

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Henri Sattler | vocals, guitars
Jeroen Pomper | vocals, bass
Dave Meester | guitars
Frank Skillpero | drums

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