Fuel For Napoleon - Best Of Anzi Destruction
'Fuel for Napoleon' featuring 21 songs from Anzi's humble beginnings in southern Finland in 1998 to the present day in his adopted hometown London, UK. The career spanning compilation is now available on all major streaming services.
The compilation features his solo material as well as songs from Stereo Junks! and Plastic Tears. Two unreleased songs are also included. Most notably the brand new cover version of Aretha Franklin's 'Think' signalling also that there is much more to come from Mr. Destruction in the future.
The journey start from fuel injected garage metal and industrial rock leading to glam punk, dark wave with a twist of emo and pop melodies.
Anzi is known for combining old school Fuzz distorted broken amp guitar sounds to modern rock. He first introduced this sound on Shoot I & Shoot II (2001) and it has become his trademark today.
Each Anzi’s album has it’s own sound and identity. “I’ve never had a feeling I was a part of any current specific music genre. Songs and attitude is what matters. I’m a punk so I do what ever I want. You have to have familiar elements among new to be able to connect the audience but personally I think it’s pointless to do exaclty something what is already done before". This can be applied to the artists Anzi looks up to; blues Musician Muddy Waters was a big influence for the Rolling Stones, but the Stones never sounded too like Muddy Waters. Iggy Pop’s hero was Johnny Cash, but never sounded like Cash and The Prodigy doesn’t sound too much like their idol Public Enemy.
Influences are varied from Californian punk ala US Bombs in 'Doing Fine', early British punk rock in Generation X like 'Dead Punk Boy' to industrial sounds of Marilyn Manson in 'Government'.
Anzi's music is easy to relate to as he sings about worries we all face in everyday life and uncertanties about our future. “What makes you alive and makes you die” he sings in his critically acclaimed 'Chemistry' (2009): “We stay unhappy rather than change direction. We are too afraid to realise the moment right now would turn out to be insignificant. We want to stay in control even when it’s killing you. That’s false Chemistry which is pure poison”.
‘Black Dog Bias’ (2015) is about an analysis of the world we live in. Songs about the about the endless information flow we all experience. People have no time or will to dig any deeper in the issues and facts behind. Too often we accept first story of headline the endless flow is feeding us, as long as it something we want to hear or most importantly if it gives us hope. This is causing huge amount of false beliefs, unnecessary fear, frustration, prejudice and misunderstandings among people. Anzi is singing about this dilemma in the songs ‘God on the Screen’ & ‘Delusions’. He also addresses the comptetitive nature of life and points out that: “Your own best is not someone else's best”:
“All these issues above can be hard to deal with, for anyone of us especially when there is no channel to address them. My channel is music, music is my inspiration, my inspiration comes from people and people are my fuel. 21 years of recordings behind and the next 21 years ahead. I’m extremely excited about the forthcoming new material I’m releasing next year. Music, bring it on!”
Text: Jyrki “Spider” Hämäläinen & Anzi Destruction