Big news here at Distortion!!! We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with COP International Records. COP has been a major influence on us here at Distortion and we’ve been a fan of everything they’ve released for over 20 years. We are extremely honored to enter into a new partnership with them to release the brand new Deathline International album, Pax Americana!!!
Th3chount (aka Christian Petke), the driving creative force behind the band Deathline International and the mastermind behind the record label COP International, is set to launch his latest sonic missile in the form of their new album Pax Americana. With their long history of guitar-driven, emotionally intense songs, Deathline International has made their mark on the industrial music scene world-wide. This new album welcomes legendary producer John Fryer into the mix. Pax Americana provides a healthy dose of aggressive reality in the music and vocals paired with vivid production elements reminiscent of Fryer’s engineering strengths in mixing guitar for bands such as Stabbing Westward, Fields of the Nephilim, and Die Krupps, as well as his synth brilliance working with bands such as Fad Gadget, Moev, Yazoo, and Nine Inch Nails. Their dynamic pairing has created a multi-layered album that is as intense and aggressive as it is beautiful in its raw descriptions of the world around us.
The title of their new album is derived from the historical reference of Pax Ramona, a cautionary tale resulting from a period of relative peace within the Roman empire that came out of a long history of wars and revolts only when a strong leader emerged. Petke’s Pax Americana calls for a return of America to a positive global force at a time when the country has been recently scarred by questionable leadership. This album challenges our society to face the darkness politically and socially around us to create a culture where prosperity can become common again. Song topics range from political strife and climate change through the formation and demise of relationships. Connecting on an intense human level, Pax Americana is packed with dance floor grooves paired with heavy guitars and vocals that will bring up feelings of rage, passion, and pain.
Christian Petke began the record label COP International in Frankfurt, Germany in 1991 and set up shop in Oakland, California to continue his goal of bringing quality electro-industrial music to the masses. In the past 16 years, he has focused on propelling the careers of artists like Diatribe, Soil & Eclipse, Battery, Oneiroid Psychosis, and The Razor Skyline in addition to producing an impressive number of diverse compilation albums including New Life, Electronic Challenge, and the Diva X Machina series.
After the decision to refocus creative energies back into the band, Deathline International’s new album Pax Americana shows why this long-standing industrial project is a must have for those who are fans of the genre. In addition to Th3count on vocals and programming, this new album also features the talents of Slam on guitar and keyboards, James Perry on guitar, and John Fryer who provides additional aural stimulation. Pax Americana pushes past the band’s previous material to provide a unique experience for listeners that will take them on a journey through a world of strife that calls out in hopes for a better future.