As I knew nothing about DIMINISH THE GODS I had to interview them to get to know them better. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Diminish The Gods is: Simon Strelein on vocals. Our two guitarists are James ‘Shifty’ Cecchetelli and Roy Abouchaaya. Luke Minassian on bass and Jake Shaw is our drummer.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-When Diminish The Gods formed we already had a very clear vision of what we wanted in terms of music. As fans of technical and melodic death metal we all wanted a sound that was both crushingly heavy but at the same time convey emotion and melody. The two guitarists wanted to push technicality to our personal boundaries and beyond.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-The name Diminish The Gods denotes the final cataclysmic battle between every existing deity, hero and mythological beast since the dawn of time. As our songs lyrically explore historical or fictitious occurrences, a variety of gods and fantastical beasts, we have found that the name defines us entirely.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Our image isn’t gimmick or scene related, we prefer our music to speak for itself. We feel that too many bands nowadays rely on visual cues rather than musical ones.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We worked with UK graphic illustrator Godmachine to create our album art. We are huge fans of his work and so gave him free rein within certain creative guidelines. Album artwork is a visual reference that sets the tone of a release, so we wanted something dark, yet beautiful from him. What he created fulfilled all our expectations.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-Unfortunately this is a necessary hurdle that all bands on the modern era have to overcome. Boosting likes and chasing views can create a vast network of fans, and sites like Facebook know this and profit from that necessity.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-The metal community is a fantastic entity, supportive of its underdogs and glorifying its heroes. As a global movement it’s unparalleled, with fans from varied backgrounds being following their personal tastes, promoting unheard bands and helping to raise them from obscurity.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot on your own?
-Labels can have a vast impact on your global outreach through promotion. As yet, Diminish The Gods have not signed to a label, preferring to release and promote ourselves. But, looking to the future, signing to the right label would be beneficial for us.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Diminish The Gods is constantly gigging and touring. We push to obtain shows further afield, we’ve toured Japan, and we’ve set our sights on Indonesia, the US and Europe respectively. Obtaining gigs outside the borders of Australia comes with certain difficulties, being so isolated from the rest of the world. With such distances, expenses become an obstacle. But we are undeterred and will not allow this to halt our advance.
What will the future bring?
-The future for Diminish The Gods is looking bright. We have set some extensive touring goals for 2016 both inside and outside Australia. We also plan to complete our second release by the latter part of that year. Expect to hear a lot more from us.