Indian death metallers Godless have unleashed a monster of a debut release in Centuries of Decadence. Muscular metal with thrashing groove has rarely sounded so good and this EP has made an indelible mark on the death metal landscape as far as I’m concerned. I can’t wait to hear what they do next. In the meantime, let’s find out a bit more about the band…
Introduce us to Godless!
We conceptualised the idea of Godless around March 2015. Our aim with Godless is to create music that is powerful and aggressive. It took us a few months to find our sound and direction. By around September we had a setlist and managed to get a vocalist who was on the same page as us and started gigging in October.
What are your influences?
We have a lot of varied influences as musicians. A lot of old school metal to some newer death and thrash. Some of our common influences off the top of my head would be Decapitated, Psycroptic, Slayer etc.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
There’s not too much music that I’ve heard recently. A few albums that I’ve been listening to lately are –
Aborted – Retrogore
Obscura – Akroasis
Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust (Which I am listening to as I type this)
Tell us about Centuries of Decadence
Centuries of Decadence is a collection of songs we’ve written since we found our sound. Initially we were experimenting with ideas and finally were content when we wrote our first song ‘Infest’. From there on we continued writing the rest of the songs. Each song has its own concept and mood.
What’s your favourite song on the EP and why?
It’s really difficult to pick one song. Each song was in fact written in the order that it is on the CD. So I guess I’d pick Oneiros since that’s the newest song and its really fun to play live.
What ambitions do you have for your music?
We plan on touring as heavily as possible to promote the album initially. Following that we would like to release another CD next year. We would also like to tour internationally when the time is right.
How do you think your style might change in the future?
A change in style is not something that’s planned. We’re quite happy with the direction of our music as of now. As I mentioned earlier that the songs were all written in the order that the are on the CD. So that kinda shows the evolution of the music.
How did you get involved with Joe Haley of Psycroptic?
We were trying to think of the engineers we wanted to approach for the production of the CD. We wanted something that we felt would suit our music and we aren’t really fans of the overproduced style of metal. Joe seemed like the perfect person to get in touch with. He was keen on it as well and things just fell into place.
With music becoming increasingly digital in nature, what’s your take on the digital/physical debate and the current state of the music industry?
We’re still strong supporters of physical copies. If a band I like releases any music I’d love to own a copy of the CD. A digital copy just doesn’t feel the same. It’s something the newer generation needs to maintain. Everyone gets used to digital copies and its just not the same.
How do you feel you fit into the international metal scene?
We just wanted to make good music irrespective of the genre and the country we are based in. The response we’ve been getting from around the world so far has been pretty amazing and tells us that people from other parts of the world are able to connect to our music as well.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
THE most essential thing for a band. I feel a band is only as good as their live set. Putting out a brilliant record means nothing if the band sucks live. The band needs to try and capture the energy of their live set in the studio and put that on the record.
What are the next steps for Godless?
We’re planning a short album release tour around the country and want to try and hit all the major cities and spread our music. We’ve booked a pretty good metal festival later on this year called Deccan Rock. We’re going to aim at playing live as much as possible this year and then write new music in the down time and hopefully have another record out next year.
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