This week I am doing a Inverse Records interview special. If you haven’t checked out the quality metal this Finnish label brings us now is the time. I present to you Godhead Machinery. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The vision is still exactly the same as when I started Godhead Machinery. The main vision with our music is to create extreme but still melodic, dynamic and interesting music. The riffs, harmonies and arrangements is very important for us.
Our main idea of the band and lyrics plays a central role for us and the concept is focused on the ongoing political and religious greed and corruption that swallows all that can be eaten in this world.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Ha ha!!! I have no clue about that! If anyone have any problems with our heritage then its theirs fucking problem, not mine…
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Positive feedback from fans and zines of course inspires me to continue to write songs, but it will not affect the actual writing. My goal is to always write better and better songs and we will not release a new album before we can present a better album than our previous one.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge for me is to puzzle together all the riffs to a complete song with a suitable arrangement. I have tons of riffs but the arrangement and the last 5-10 percent can be a real pain in the ass to settle most of the time.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-I haven’t seen that documentary, but yes! I have recorded analogue several times back in the days. Not with Godhead Machinery but with some of my previous bands. I really appreciate the analogue warmth and feeling that nowadays is very hard to create in a modern studio.
One of my biggest issues with the record industry today is the foolish ongoing volume competition on all releases. The digital environment has given the producers tools to raise the volume higher now compared to the analogue age. The side effect of that is that you lose some of the dynamic in the production when it is raised to high as it all to often is today.
This is a hard chain to brake since you need to use the same volume on you production as everybody else to be able to be played on compilation albums, radio shows etc since it’s not acceptable to have much lower volume than the other bands during these circumstances. This is sad and wasn’t an issue back in the days.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-I haven’t actually seen any printed album with Godhead Machinery yet, but there on their way now. I really hope that some people will appreciate Ouroboros of course. I would still write the same music even if no one liked it, but it would be very boring to play live and continue on a professional level without any supporters. The time will tell what people think Ouroboros, but the response has been overwhelming so far.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The band and lyrical concept is essential for us. You can of course enjoy our music and sound but we are much more than that. We are against some parts of the world order of today and have a clear agenda in our lyrics. I will try what Godhead Machinery is:
The world is, and has always been infected by egocentric leaders, mostly chosen in the name of religion or directly by God. We need to expose these fools that during centuries has been able to form this uneven economic structure that rules the world economy now. This is a blind system who calculates on economic profit and rewards short-term investments without any thoughts of any social or environmental sustainability.
The stock-market is an uncontrolled growing tumor and greed has invented tons of tools for the elite to create and extract non existing funds from this human-made unreliable financial monster. The gap between the rich and poor are increasing each year which triggers hate within several groups and nations.
People kill and rape each other for power, money or in the name of their God or Gods. Morality has faded in general and states have problems to fulfill the basic need for their citizens. The elite empower themselves with lapdogs of mammon or shackles them as slaves if the nickels doesn’t bite on them. Governments and companies claimed to do good deeds but still support war and miserable living conditions as long as they’re not exposed. Knowledge and science must give in for superstition and religion to not offend uneducated leading character in numerous of societies.
Most of the human race has accepted to stay blind and numb, all to engage their lives to enrich their companies and superiors. The next generation of children are raised and schooled to do the same as soon as possible without any hesitance.
Religion is the first, strongest and the most central instrument to control mankind. Most societies are mainly based on religious laws. Corruption, war and short-term actions have fueled the fear and terror on the globe and all is claimed as a part of Gods grandeur plan if questioned. God has always been the largest cog in this machinery of today’s wicked system.
The name Godhead Machinery summarizes the hell that wicked leadership and religions has caused this planet during centuries. Our debut album Ouroboros is taken from the serpent that eats its own tail. Ouroboros symbolizes the infinity cycle, constantly re-creating itself like the corruption and falseness has done since the first civilizations arose, on this floating grit in the universe, called Earth.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-I totally agree with you on the importance of the cover art and layout. I choose to create a art work with a godlike figure to represents all the existing prophets and godlike beings that we humans all to easily choose to follow when our own minds are too weak to find any real propose in life.
We also have a symbol that has been visualized by Viktor Eklund who is a great university art class student. Its inspired of the Ouroboros concept and symbolizes a snake who eat his own tail that re-creates itself all the time. The cogs inside the symbol summarizes the machinery of god that infect this world of madness.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We haven’t come so far with Godhead Machinery yet since we haven’t done any live shows yet unfortunately.
What do you see in the future?
-I have already started to write songs for an second album and I also hope to be able to do some live shows after the release of Ouroboros.