Interview with GODLESS, Deathrash Metal Face Melters From India


Coming from Hyderabad in India are deathrash metallers Godless who will release their sophomore EP ‘Swarm‘ on October 27th. The 5-track release features guitar solo by Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlaeger (ex-Obscura, Defeated Sanity, solo). The band spoke for Prog Sphere about their mission, a message they want to deliver with ‘Swarm,’ and more.

Define the mission of Godless.

To play straight-up, in-your-face and uncompromising deathrash. We put in a lot of effort into every aspect of our live sets. We aim to tour all over to world and have people witness the band live to get a feel of the intensity.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming EP “Swarm” and the themes it captures.

The music usually starts off at home with a rough song arrangement and then goes into the rehearsal room with all the members adding ideas and tweaking it. After that, we test it out live at a few shows and then bring it back to the rehearsals and tweak whatever needs to be done and refine it for the studio. The “Swarm” EP captures themes such as zombification, cosmic horror, the occult, religion, and reanimation of the dead.

Godless - Swarm

What is the message you are trying to give with “Swarm”?

We’re not really trying to convey a message as such. We just talk about various topics that interest us.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Documenting has now become so much easier because of technology. We either take short videos of riffs and rehearsals or record the song structures.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

We do pay a lot of attention to detail. Once we’ve written a song, we rehearse it for a few months and then test it out live for a couple of shows. We then go back to rehearsals and see what needs to be fixed and improved and iron those details out. Before entering the studio for the final recording, we do a scratch recording where we can hear how the mix would sound on record and then make changes. So there’s a lot of attention paid to every detail and structure.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

We wanted to write a record that pushed our creativity beyond Centuries of Decadence. We first did scratch tracks of guitars and bass and then entered the studio to do a demo recording with drums. We then took this back home and heard it over and over and tweaked whatever we needed to before entering the studio for the final tracking. The recording was done over in 3 different studios between 2 cities. Finally we sent it over to Hertz Studio in Poland for mixing and mastering. This is the same studio that worked with bands like Decapitated, Vader and Behemoth.

How long “Swarm” was in the making?

2 years. We started working on Swarm immediately after we released Centuries of Decadence. The first song was written barely a couple of months after our first EP. We’ just continued touring and working on music during the down time.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

We generally refrain from listening to too much music and letting our current tastes in music make too much of an impact to our songwriting. What we write usually comes out naturally which is why we try and maintain a sound that is unique to Godless. We all go through phases where we are really into a certain band and if that creeps into our songwriting then it would really be different to what our sound is. We’ve grown up listening to Thrash, Death metal, Technical Death Metal and Brutal Death Metal so these influences are embedded in our genes so our natural composing pulls out some of these influences I guess.

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology has definitely had a positive impact on music. We’re able to live far away from each other and work on creating music from the comfort of our own homes. We share music over mails and then tweak the songs as needed so when we come to rehearsals, all the musicians would have already done their homework.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Growing up we used to listen to a lot of music which had an impact on us which drove us to want to pick up an instrument and form a band. If we can be a band that makes an impact on someone the same way then that’d be great.

What are your plans for the future?

We hope to do a few tours abroad in Europe and Australia/New Zealand and start writing a lot more music between the tours.

Swarm by Godless is out on October 27th; pre-order it from Bandcamp. Stay tuned for more Godless news by following the band on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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