There is a subterranean region between the Sacred and the Profane -- a murky swampland of unknown size and scope, crawling with crooked barkers, piggish gluttons, depressive religious fanatics, murderous cowboy crusaders, elderly fifth-stage alcoholics and defrocked addict-priests...to name a few. This baleful Bayou from Beyond is the setting for Detholz! newest and most bloody album to date, Death to the Traitor. A sister album to 2006's Cast Out Devils, which chronicles a loss of faith while traversing the Lands of Party, Death to the Traitor traces one Party-Pilgrim's Regress back to faith, a return journey fraught with unknown pitfalls and frightening adversaries along the way.
The current music of Detholz! supports the Grand Guignol imagery of Death to the Traitor, incorporating violent polyrhythms and a sparser, more direct approach to composition than on previous albums.
Central to the record are themes central to historical Christianity: blood rituals, betrayals of various stripes, man vs. animal and vice versa.
Regardless of the nature of your personal journey, we hope you enjoy the ride.
Thanks for listening!
released March 10, 2011
Jim Cooper: guitar, vocals
Karl Doerfer: guitar, vocals
Rick Franklin: keyboards, vocals
Ben Miranda (RIP): bass
Andrew Sole: drums
Jon Steinmeier: keyboards, percussion, vocals
Recorded at Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI, February 2009
Production, engineering and phantasmagoria by Bobby Conn
Mastered by Peter Andreadis @ All City Mastering, March 2011
Artwork and web design by Professor Yaya (aka Shelby Cinca) from Travelers of Tyme (tyme.bandcamp.com)