Hi Fredrik, how is all going up there? All fine? It's a pleasure to make you these questions, as a fan of Puissance I am. Are you ready to start with it?
Everything is fine apart from the planet being turned into a gigantic slave labor camp.
So, three years passed since “State Collapse”, released by Regain Records, and this new album, entitled “Grace Of God”, has just been released by that great portuguese label called Equilibrium Music. Was it time for changes? How do you feel on Equilibrium Music? I think they're doing a good job re-releasing old Puissance albums too, and some Arditi stuff too.
Yes it was time for a change, EQ seemed like a good option since we already knew them. They are doing a good job.
Speaking about this new album, the first thing I thought when I first listened to it was that it sounded darker and with a more negative athmosphere than the previous one, but give us your oppinion about “Grace of God” comparing it with the previous Puissance albums.
Usually people call it a more melodic album so it was interesting to hear that you saw it differently. For me its just the latest incarnation of Puissance and I think it follows the style of previous albums.
I can't forget to ask you about the lyrical and ideological part, as it is really important in Puissance, furthermore on this album, which seems to reflect this dark and dangerous moment the world is passing through. I've been looking to your website and you seem quite preocupied about what the U.S. are doing, as much for the past Irak was as about the possibility of an Iran invasion. Can you explain us the message or ideas you wanted to transmit on this record?
It seems most people are having a hard time understanding that USA is only important for one single reason, they are the military power center of a unipolar world, USA doesn´t have a policy, the world is controlled by supernationals (people who are globalists or internationalists and consider themselves above any national status). Usually at this point, people start talking about USA making wars for oil and whatever, the wars are not about oil primarily, sure there is oil and oil is power but it´s not the actual reason. First of all USA will not be able to extract the oil from Iraq, and even if they could it´s simply not enough to pay for the war. So economically it´s a stupid idea to travel across the world to take oil when it would be much easier to use a few trillion dollars to exploit the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada which are estimated to hold 5 times more oil than Saudi Arabia. So that leaves the other option which people seem to realize after a while, they think it is about keeping China and Russia from developing the Middle East region and to derail the 25 year plans of Asian Energy Grid which oil would primarily come from Iran. But it´s not about that either, sure this is an interesting side effect and very helpful in geopolitics, but the main idea of the Iraq & possibly Iran war is to destroy USA. It isn´t widely reported here but the soldiers are forced to serve much longer terms than ever before, they are ordered to return before being properly rested and even injured soldiers are being sent back. The consequence of this is that Pentagon is now planning for a total mercenary army, they are already recruiting in former eastern European coutries and in south America. For the most part they are recruiting criminals. By building a mercenary army they are in fact setting up a military that can be directed towards the American population, and that is the plan.
I don´t know if you have noticed, but since 2001 we have been robbed of basically all liberties that are part of a healthy democracy, the secret police is now legally authorized to search our homes without asking permission or even setting up a search protocol, they are allowed to listen to our phonecalls and read our emails and our normal mail as well. Our freedom of expression is limited and since april 18th some types of opinions will send you to jail for 1 to 3 years. This is Europe, USA is even worse, there the books you take out of the library is also registered, your bank statements and basically anything else that can be logged. Probably you don´t belive these things are happening? It´s easy enough to check, just call the police or search the internet and youll find every single thing I mentioned. But it gets a whole lot worse…
In USA the beloved leader (president monkey) has signed several executive orders regulating the use of force against the own population, most notably he has signed away the protection against military. The president can now order the military to be used against the population of the USA, that would be terrible if it was just the normal national military, but imagine the consequence of a mercenary army being deployed on the population they see as the main cause of their ancestors suffering… not a pretty sight. Apart from that we also have the small matter of the restarted Rex 84 program where over 600 concentration camps have been reopened and manned, mostly by private contractors, again mercenaries doing military jobs. It´s the same people who handled Abu Ghraib.
But why would the military ever be used against USA you ask? Well the dollar is currently over valued, in fact in the last 6 years it lost half its value, and in the next two it will loose another half. Basically that means that the USA economy will implode and you can actually already see how heavy investors and banks are dumping dollars and switching to Euro. Without the dollar being world currency the USA can not sustain the standard of living and they will eventually have to start regulating debt. This means people starving and dying in the streets, and of course also riots, and here is when the military comes in. Basically we are watching a genocide in the making, similar in design to the well documented IMF riots but much larger in scale and it will not be over for a long long time.
This has all been orchestrated to destroy the unipolar power center of the world and to bring in a world government under the WTO, IMF and World Bank. All three are private organizations with members from different countries, however, they are centrally controlled by private interests, banking cartels mainly.
The clever thing about using these types of supernational organizations is that you don´t have to destroy democracy to install a totalitarian global government, basically all you need to do is to make sure the member countries sign trade agreements that supersede national laws (yes your government already did this) and it will not matter who the people of any nation vote for, the country is still bound by trade agreements and thus enslaved by them. If a country should refuse they would have to leave the trade union and be excluded from trade without tariffs or completely excluded, or they would face sanctions that would wipe out their economy or the worst case scenario, they would face military intervention due to being a so called rogue nation.
Make no mistake, they are building a global plantation and you are going to be either killed or enslaved, the original minds behind these ideas control the money of the entire planet and they are dedicated to reducing population by up to 90%. You think they won´t do it? They killed 100.000.000 people last century and they haven´t even gotten started yet.
On every one of your releases the cover is quite different of the previous ones, you don't follow a standard, and this one is not an exception. Which relation does it have with the contents of the album? Which simbols does it hide? Who did it?
The cover was made by the record label, it looks nice.
Puissance, although not being a Metal band, has always been related in some manner to the extreme Metal scene(especially the Black Metal one, because of your other project, Octinomos, I can imagine). What do you think about it and its development these last years, if you've followed it... Which are the biggest differences you see between it and the Industrial/Neo-Folk scene, apart of the music obviously?
I don’t really listen to music.
I'm not sure if Puissance has ever done any live show. Has this ever happened? If not, have you thought about that or you prefer to remain as a studio band? Which would be the better situation for a Puissance concert?
We have done a few live shows, but it was a long time ago.
In the past you did some songs for a Spanish short film entitled “Estigmas”. What do you think about the result? Have you thought about participating in any other projects of this kind? Which movies inspired you in any manner?
I don´t own a TV and I find most movies very boring. I watch some documentaries now and then.
Both members of Puissance had other projects in the past, although I think only Henry now has one, Arditi. What about them? I know they're still alive and releasing some great stuff too... Haven't you started any other project of any kind?
I´ve done many projects, Tripwire was a drum&bass project, Carinou a pop project, surely there has been a few I cant remember.
Some short choosing questions: (explain why did you choose everyone please)
- Politics or religion: Potatoes, I can´t separate politics and religion, they are interlocked
- Earth or fire: I prefer water, I love swimming
- Past or future: Neither is guaranteed
- War or peace:
“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.” George Bush” June 18, 2002
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. “
How can anyone make the distinction between War and Peace when all great minds seem to agree they are the same?
- Atheism or nihilism: Christianity
So, we've arrived to the end of the interview. Thanks a lot for your time, it's been a pleasure to make you there questions. Before giving you the possibility to say some last words, I'd like to ask you a last thing. Why did you choose Puissance as the monicker for this band and, especially, why in french? Ok, it's your time now...
The world exists in English as well, it is borrowed of course, however it was 14 years ago that we made that choice, I am actually not sure about why.
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