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Mr Strangler is dead… long live Mr Strangler! The Mr Strangler trilogy is concluded, so it was the right time to talk with Philippe Deschemin (vocals) about the last part of the trilogy, the story behind it and the new song remixes, among other interesting & weird things…
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Hi Philippe (aka Mr Strangler) and welcome to Grande Rock. Well, it seems that the “Mr Strangler” trilogy has come to an end. How do you feel about it?
 
P: Happy and quite sad! It was a great adventure. 3 albums, 12 music videos, so many remixes by so many great bands: Stabbing Westward, Chris Vrenna from NIN, Orgy, Combichrist, Jimmy urine from Mindless Self indulgence, The Anix... A lot of amazing gigs!
 
Even if Mr Strangler is dead, he is more alive than ever... You will hear about him in our new adventures. His shade is still there... we are very proud of this trilogy. It took almost 4 years. It was a great adventure. We learned a lot during the process. We had the chance to work with very talented people. But we still have a lot to do...
 
We collaborated on remixes with such great bands, and we worked on the “Act II” with Tom baker (the man is a legend, he worked with NIN, Ministry, Marilyn Manson,  Rob Zombie...) and with Brian Lucey for the “Act III”, the guy worked with Marilyn Manson, Ghost, Depeche Mode... It’s such an honor for us!
 
 
How did you approach the album musically this time? It has a more atmospheric, dark and esoteric character. Is this something you did due to the lyrical concept?
 
P: I think, when you work on a full album concept. A real one... regarding to the story, you have to focus on each part of the story and write songs that fits. And produce them also, to sound like you need them to them. During the whole trilogy it was all about that. It’s not just compiling song to make an album. It’s writing songs and lyrics to build a story.
 
 
What does the last part of this trilogy talk about? Mr Strangler is in jail awaiting execution. What is his testament?
 
P: As a reminder: “The Ogre Inside” is an album about inner struggle, about dark desires, how society can oppresses your will. This is a fight no one can win, the Ogre that devours you from the inside always wins. The album is an invocation, a way to set the Ogre free, embrace your “true self” and allow your darkest desires to express themselves. It’s an incitement to act. “The Ogre Inside” won this inner struggle, giving birth to Mr Strangler.
 
In the second opus, Mr Strangler, by embracing his “true-self”, expresses his dark impulses without limitations and has no boundaries. With his crew, Mr Strangler commits murders and massacres. He so invites everyone to make a step forward and act, invites you to express your darkest desires and join his death cult. For Mr Strangler and his team, the Ogre was released. They let “The Darkest of Human Desires” be: murder.
 
In this last part, Mr Strangler’s bloody odyssey comes to an end. He is in jail awaiting execution. This final Act is his testament. Faced with the imminent end of his life, he takes stock of his life and begins a dialogue with his death and enjoins everyone to continue his work... the work of God, because if God exists everything is his. And even the worst monsters are the children of God. There is “No Monsters in God’s Eyes”.
 
 
Is there any connection between the album title and the cover artwork? What are those shadow-men behind the electric chair?
 
P: On the chair there is no Mr Strangler. But around they are a bunch of people, like shadows waiting. They can be seen as strangler’s victims, waiting for him. Or maybe it’s the afterlife and we see only the dead, like another dimensions...
 
 
How did you come up with the album title “No Monsters in God’s Eyes”? Is it like a statement that “monsters” exists only in humans’ eyes or what?
 
P: “Monsters” are mostly cultural things. For the title it’s about death penalty and how we consider some people as monsters (criminals) and not deserving to live. But, if you are religious, and believe in god, everything exists because of his will, the good and the evil. Even the worst monsters are the children of God. There is no monsters in God’s eyes.
 
 
How did the cooperation with Brian Lucey (Ghost, Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood), owner of Magic Garden Studio in Los Angeles, come about?
 
P: We worked with Tom Baker for the “Act II”. The man is responsible of all the big industrial rock album of the 90s and 00s: NIN, Manson, Rob Zombie, and Ministry. We wanted to try something different for the “Act III”. Brian Lucey worked with many great rock bands, not that much of metal bands. I thoughts it was wise to collaborate with someone more rock than metal.
 
 
It seems that you like releasing remixes of your songs. So far you have released 3 track remixes – do you plan to do the same for every track of the new album or not?
 
P: Yes! We have a lot of remixes to come. All the tracks have its own remixes! Join us on Spotify or YouTube, you will not miss a thing!
 
 
What are your expectations from your “No Monsters in God’s Eyes” and what do you wish to achieve with PORN over the next years?
 
P: I don’t really know. We don’t have any big plans. We wanna write great albums! That’s the goal! We wanna work with artists we love, we wanna tour with bands we adore... And give to our fans great shows, and great songs...
 
 
Which are the band’s main influences and how would you describe your music style to those who haven’t heard the band yet? How did the term “murder rock” occur??
 
P: This trilogy is Murder Rock. Because the main subject is Mr Strangler, and he is a murderer! I would quotes 3 bands I think... Our sound is mostly a blend of Gothic Rock and Industrial Rock with sometimes a Prog approach. The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and Pink Floyd.
 
 
Which are your main influences as a singer and as a songwriter as well?
 
P: As a singer... I would say: Robert Smith, Jim Morrison, and David Bowie...
 
 
What do you think about this corona-virus thing? How will it affect the music business and people’s lives in general?
 
P: It’s almost the end of the crisis. I don’t think thing it will change anything despites the economic crisis to come...
 
 
Time for our “Weird Questions”!!! How did you come up with the name PORN initially?
 
P: It’s about the “Pornography” album by The Cure. And also because this name is so…
 
 
Which music genre can’t you bear to listen to at all?
 
P: I am not that much about genre. I am looking for feelings in the music. And you can have that everywhere.
 
 
What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
 
P: I don’t care about the music industry. We are not that kind of band always complaining about everything. We are fighters.
 
 
If you found a genie in a bottle and you only had 3 wishes what would they be?
 
P: Eradicate mankind.
 
 
Top 3 scary movies of any era?
 
P: Cape Fear, White Zombie, The Fly.
 
 
Is there a particular book you can’t recommend enough?
 
P: Too many! “A Clockwork Orange” by Burguess, “Ravage” by Barjavel, “Junky” by Burroughs, “Rant” by Palahniuk, “Contoyen” by me! Not yet translated in English, but I hope it will be soon. And maybe the adventures of Mr Strangler too...
 
 
Which are the top 3 Industrial/Gothic Metal albums of all time according to you?
 
P: To me industrial rock and gothic are very different. I would pick 4 album for each.
Industrial Rock: NIN – “Broken”, Marilyn Manson – “Antichrist Superstar”, Ministry – “The Land of Rape and Honey” and Skinny Puppy – “Rabies”.
 
Gothic rock: Fields Of The Nephilim –“ Elyzium”, Type O negative – “Bloody Kisses”, Pink Floyd – “Momentary Lapse of Reason” and Paradise Lost – “One Second”.
 
 
Fill in the phrase… “Industrial/Gothic Metal wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
 
P: Marilyn Manson. He seems to be the one who popularized the most the “gothic culture” and he had a big impact on the metal and mainstream scene.
 
 
Which is the composer/songwriter who influenced gothic/atmospheric metal music the most?
 
P: Pink Floyd and the Doors.
 
 
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
 
P: Debbie Harry?!
 
 
Which do you consider to be the best female & male vocalist in rock history?
 
P: They are too many. I would say: Peter Steele, Layne Stanley, Maynard James Keenan, PJ harvey, Katie Jane Garside, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Robert Smith, Robert Plant, Debbie Harry...
 
 
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
 
P: Impossible to answer, I love too many records! Maybe a record by Pink Floyd...
 
 
If you had the opportunity to invite any musician, living or dead, to play on your album whom would you choose and why?
 
P: Danny Carrey on drums, Gilmour on guitar, PJ Harvey on vocals, Simon Gallup as bassist, Jim Morrison on vocals!
 
 
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
 
P: Neolithic era because we know almost nothing of it!
 
 
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
 
P: Lou Reed – “Metal Machine Music!
 
 
Thx for talking to Grande Rock Philippe. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
 
P: Thank you so much! We are PORN, you are PORN!