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Husam Gets the Last Laugh with New Single, ‘I’ll Destroy You’

D.C.-based Syrian American artist Husam, a favorite at Alchemical Records, released his latest single, “I’ll Destroy You,” on October 2. The haunting, evocative track confronts the sensitive topic of child abuse head-on and reveals what it means to exact revenge.

Considering the song’s delicate subject matter, listeners would expect the musical composition of “I’ll Destroy You” to be one of two things: aggressive or ballad-like. But neither is true. Grounded by a mesmerizing soundscape of flowing piano, ambient pads, and driving drums, “I’ll Destroy You” transports listeners to a magical realm.

When asked about the tension between the song’s lyrics and music, Husam explained, “I flipped the subject of child abuse, turning the character from being a victim to being the aggressor with a relentless drive for revenge. The upbeat drum pattern resembles the march toward the abuser.”

Often, child abuse survivors remain silent for a variety of reasons, attempting to hide their physical and emotional scars for a lifetime. “To this very day, we suffer / And we suffer / And we suffer / And we suffer / And we suffer / To this day, we fucking suffer,” Husam sings.

“I’ll Destroy You” empowers survivors to reclaim their sense of self-agency through the process of bringing their trauma courageously from darkness to light. By giving voice to their lived experiences, the power dynamic between abuser and victim begins to shift.

“Remember when you hit me? / Now I’m coming for you / The blue upon my face will never lie to you / You threatened me to lie to the teacher for you / Just you wait until I get a little older,” Husam sings in the song’s opening lines. The percussive claps hit like a punch.

“The abuser didn’t realize what they did only made him stronger, coming back after all those years as a force to be reckoned with,” said Husam. “The melancholy but upbeat and bold instrumental represents the combination of a sad situation with a bold resolve.”

“I’ll Destroy You” is more than an intention. It’s a promise. To abusers of any kind, the song carries a chilling undercurrent. It’s payback time, and the handwriting is already on the wall.

Listen to “I’ll Destroy You” below, and stay tuned for Husam’s lineup of upcoming releases, which include at least one new song every month through the end of the year. Find more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Cynthia Gross

Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.

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