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“Implore is our language and our way to express our deepest thoughts of discontent and anger against a world of injustice and human-centered selfishness,” growls Implore vocalist/bassist Gabriel ‘Gabbo’ Dubko. “Sonic violence represents our thoughts, and our thoughts reflect our musical expression.”

Clearly, Dubko and his bandmates—guitarist Petro, drummer Guido, and new guitarist Markus—advance a message that’s as wrathful as their music. The Europeans fuck with the tenets of grindcore, death metal, and hardcore to form a massive clenched fist. Apologies for bruised faces, fractured necks, and damaged ear drums aren’t offered or accepted. See, when the group formed in 2013—Dubko is the only original member—their single goal was to play as many shows as possible, from squats to bars and theaters to festivals, while employing a nonchalant attitude of what might (or might not) come next.
“We’ve been touring restlessly,” Dubko says. “During the first tours of [debut] Depopulation the whole lineup changed because the past members couldn’t keep up with our extensive touring plans. New members joined the band, moving us forward. We got to tour Europe several times, Russia and South America.”
Now signed to Century Media, Implore are preparing to unfurl their next punch to mediocrity via their second full-length, Subjugate. Resolute, powerful, and ferocious, Implore’s new album picks up and blasts beyond its predecessor Depopulation. From 50-second smashers “Loathe” and “Boundary” to two-minute epics “Paradox” and “Disconnected from Reality”, Subjugate is breathless in its quick-witted brutality. It’s the kind of record members of Converge, Nails, and Misery Index would’ve written if they were bar fighters from the suburbs of Stockholm.
“Subjugate was written entirely in a month,” recalls Dubko. “Day by day in the practice room. It’s an album that was written carefully and with great detail. We put special attention on diversity and structure so we wouldn’t repeat ourselves. We tried to give special character to each song so they would stand out from each other. We wanted the songs to be recognizable. We spent more time looking for the right sound of each instrument, working on vocal lines and giving the lyrical content special care. Subjugate has different landscapes. It’s perhaps less death metal. More direct with more grind.”

Lyrically, Subjugate is informed by Dubko’s antipathetic world views. He’s no fan of society—his or yours. The frontman’s industrial-strength dislike of humanity’s predisposition for greed and power also plays a significant part in Implore’s message. That he likens humanity to the devil should be an indication of where Implore are heading on songs like “Birth of an Era”, “Totalitarian”, and “Technology a Justification for Killing”. The picture is, of course, revealingly grotesque. Like cancer looking into a mirror.
“Subjugate is a trip from the ancient foundations of humanity to the modern technological system we live in,” Dubko says. “The order of the songs and the lyrics are interconnected as the album flows. Subjugate goes over different topics that linked to each other are the result or depiction of our own history and legacy as human beings and our surroundings.”
Tracked over 10 days at Trai Studio in Milan, Italy and Hidden Planet Studio in Berlin, Germany with producers Fabio Intraina (Council Of Rats) and Jan Oberg (The Ocean), Subjugate pivots on a balance of power and aggression, with enough DIY grit and technical proficiency to ensure there’s no escape from Implore’s super-grind. Guido’s drums were done in three days with Intraina at the helm, while the guitars, bass, and vocals were laid down with Oberg manning the controls. The mix was handled by Oberg and Markus and the mastering—a remarkable piece of work—completed by the venerable Brad Boatright (Nails, Wolfbrigade). To say Implore and their extended crew were afire throughout the Subjugate process is an understatement.
“We didn’t waste any time,” levels Dubko. “It was fun, but everyone got their parts tight and the songs didn’t change at all from demo to the studio version. Maybe a few arrangements here and there. We were very focused on making the best of our time in the studios. We spent more time carefully listening to the mix, fixing every sound that was weird to our ears, than before.”
Subjugate wasn’t without its obstacles. Dubko calls the songwriting venture a lesson in survival. The pressure of more exposure via Century Media was also real. The quartet felt the need to make an album that impresses now and will stun many years later. A feat not to be trifled with. But Implore succeeded. From the brain-jarring songs (“Paradox” is Dubko’s favorite) and the killer production to the creepy monochromatic artwork and though-provoking lyrics, Subjugate is extremity—all 33 minutes of it—for a new era.
“We survived the overall process,” Dubko says. “We felt a lot of pressure to make a long lasting album. Especially when more people are turning their heads and ears to you. We had many fights and arguments during the writing process, but we are very happy with the result. And we’re happy to have overcome our own personalities for the love and dedication of what we do.”
As for next steps, Implore are naturally turning their attention to the road after the release of Subjugate in September, where they’ll trounce, stun, and surprise audiences from Europe and Asia to North America and beyond. The group’s violent blasts and energetic grooves will also be the talk of fans old and new as they acquiesce to Subjugate’s on-stage and on-album greatness. Wait for it… Implore are coming! You’ve been warned!