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Molech 05:23
Dionysos 04:19
Nehushtan 04:07
Mammon 04:43
Ashtaroth 04:27
Gaia 05:29
Adonis 05:52
Baal 04:35


UNDEAD GODS is a concept album about pseudo-religious aspects of our modern secular societies. This album could be regarded as the answer to a person, who would say that they are free from religion, by saying that in our modern lives we are not at all free from religion
but entangled with disguised forms of it. I observed many aspects of life that have vast religious and addictive aspects to them that somewhat connect to ancient gods. Per example the excessive fitness trend has somewhat transcending promises, requires a regular attendance at the gym (like a temple), dietary restrictions (like some religions do) and incorporates somewhat clerical instructions by fitness coaches. There are even very preachy sounding motivational speakers and podcasters pushing you to your limits. People are somewhat still worshipping Adonis. Following that example, I compiled eight songs connecting different modern phenomena with corresponding ancient gods, that are somewhat believed dead, but I claim them to be alive in modernized cults. The lyrical content boils down to an individual usually being first intrigued by the cult and then finding out more and more how much it makes them dependent and unfree and how much sacrifices it demands and does not at all fulfill its promises. In essence it is about modern spiritual slavery and could be regarded as social criticism. I describe how people somewhat become possessed and enchained by these ancient gods that are very alive demons. It circles around the individual that is dependent and enslaved by personal spiritual forces that are disguised as mere mundane, harmless concepts.


released February 21, 2022

Text and music by Emanuel Strebel

Drums: Raphael Brunner (Frank Needs Help)
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Sitar: Emanuel Strebel
Additional Bass: Samuel Hierholzer
Featured Vocals: Simon Piringer (Uncaved), Taanak (Demoniciduth)
Featured Guitar Solos: Dan Hunziker (Fight the Enemy), Marcelo Alves, Peter Watson (Elephant Watchtower), Wolfgang Nillies (Sacrificium)

Mixed by Emanuel Strebel
Mastered by Dan Suter


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Theoptia Switzerland

Theoptia is a one man studio project based in Switzerland, pondering deep spiritual topics in elaborate concept albums in a style that could be described as progressive death metal. A signature sound are exotic elements such as the sitar, odd-meters, ambient intros and interludes, breakdowns, deep growls and core-like screams. Enjoy! ... more

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