Susan Gerl: Guitars / Vocals
Richard Ebisch: Guitars / Bass / Vocals
Roel Sanders: Drums
Death. Grind. Thrash. If you like your metal authentic then welcome to the force that is: Kill Division.
Taking their experiences from Legion of the Damned, God Dethroned, Asphyx, and Inhume, Richard Ebisch (guitars, bass, vocals), Susan Gerl (guitars, vocals) and Roel Sanders (drums) decided it was time to release their combined sound to the world with their debut album, Destructive Force.
Destructive Force was recorded at Toneshed studio, the place they called home for many late nights, and mixed and mastered in Andy Classen’s Stage One studio with hammer, care, and kerosine.
Musically, Destructive Force represents the group’s collective efforts. When the band first began rehearsing, they used some of Richard Ebisch’s old recordings as a starting point. Ebisch clarifies that they “had some very old recordings we used as a starting point for the first two or three songs, but changed and omitted riffs together. After the first three songs had been written that way, Susan and I started writing different, new riffs and combined them into songs.” Drummer Roel Sanders also added to the album, either by simply humming riffs, or rearranging song structures. In any case, Ebisch states clearly that “this entire album was written in the rehearsal room as a band process to which each band member contributed equally.”
Lyrically, Susan Gerl explains that Destructive Force draws on their every day life experiences and world events. Gerl, who penned the lyrics for the entire record, adds that “Locked Up Forever” was written about Natascha Kampusch, an Austrian woman who was held prisoner and tormented in a cellar for nearly nine years. “Mechanic Domination”, on the other hand, Gerl explains are “inspired by the ‘I Robot’ movie and deal with our dependence on technology. Destructive Force is an observation of what’s going on around us on a daily basis.”
Both Richard Ebisch and Susan Gerl tracked the vocals for Destructive Force. This is something neither guitarist had done in the past. Gerl comments, “recording the vocals was initially a challenge for us since we are first and foremost guitarists. Neither of us had any experience with singing that long and that much and recording our vocals this way. I used to do some additional vocals with my previous bands but had never recorded any vocals for a full length CD. But we were really well-prepared and had practiced our singing extensively beforehand. The recordings went smoothly and we are really happy with the way our voices sound on the album.”
On Destructive Force, expect a practiced, precise, and mercilessly heavy attack from three veterans of the European death metal scene!