GODZ

GODZ is an entity all its own. Check them out if you like your metal synth tinged. Or if you are just curious. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

“The human forms of the GODZ are as follows:
Apollo – Corey Wayne Kipps (Digital Collapse)
Hades – Jesse Saint (Through Fire, Seasons After, Emphatic, The Autumn Offering)
Ares – Victor Stoica (Warganism {Ex. Dies Irae}, L.O.S.T)
Dionysus – Mikey Glassel (Til Death)

Currently, they are working on a documentary movie on the band as well as music videos for all 13 songs on the album. Two music videos have already been filmed and are in the process of being edited. An animated video is also in the works. The band prides themselves on their theatrical look and stage show theme, so fans are encouraged to join in. Masquerade masks are for sale at the merchandise booth before and after the show. The band is currently booking tours and festivals in the US, Canada and Europe. They are steadfast and determined to bring GODZ to every venue around the Globe.”

Do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Well, we actually haven’t been together that long… But so far so good! We’re making great time and everything is going pretty much according to plan.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-There is our single “Consumed”, which everyone in the band is pleased with, and then there is the rest of the album… We have yet to hear the other songs mastered and polished. We’ve heard rough mixes and are really liking what we hear so far, but satisfaction doesn’t hit you until you hear the mastered versions blaring out of your car speakers. We’re still in the middle of it, but we’re confident that our final product will make both us and our fans very happy

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Absolutely. It is very difficult to find a signature sound that no one else can replicate, especially in today’s day and age… But somehow that’s exactly what we feel we’ve done right out of the gate. The album has a very well balanced mix of pop, rock, metal, and even electronica that we weren’t consciously intending on meshing together. It sort of fell into place like that naturally, thanks to Hades and Dionysus specifically.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Yes and no. Not every song has to be an elaborate story, but at the same time, it is not good to have a song where the lyrics don’t make any sense and are just random dramatic phrasing. Lyric writing is a very delicate process that Apollo has his secluded processes for, but as long as each song is cohesive enough to have it’s own obvious subject, then the foundation has been created successfully. The album’s topics are half serious, half creative. We’ve got songs about stalking prey like a vampire (“Consumed”), partying with the ladies (“Let’s Ride”), inter-dimensional demons (“I Will Find You”), substance abuse (“Cure the Curse”), homicidal anger (“The Reckoning”), and even a love story between an up-and-coming rockstar and his suspicious and lamenting partner (“Falling Apart”). We’ve tried to keep it very understandable yet very entertaining, and if we’ve done well, then the album will be a joyride from front to back for fans.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Yes. Phone screens are navigated by the eyes, and audiences must look at you and like what they see before they click the play button. Every bit of your image is important!

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve? *
– Money and content are probably the biggest factors for out-of-country newcomers in the music scene. You can have all the money in the world, but if your content is lackluster, you won’t gain traction. And vice versa. Success, to us, probably means something different for each member of the band. For some it may mean being able to pay bills and live comfortably by doing nothing other than performing in Godz. To others it may simply mean having a strong following.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-How you treat your fans is probably most important in that sense. Audiences love to be engaged in activities, and we intend to do exactly that. Knowing that we live in a day and age where there is a more narrow gap between fan and artist, it’s important to make the fans feel exactly how we feel about them: valued. Sweepstakes, random prizes, meet and greets, anything at all to let the fans know that we appreciate every bit of the support that they give to us.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Each band member comes from a different area, but I think it’s safe to say that the music scene is relatively active and healthy in everyone’s respective hometowns. As far as breaking out and making it international… I think that has more to do with the cards you play than where you come from. The local scene could be amazing, but there could be a promotor that doesn’t like your band and then you don’t get booked, all sorts of things could happen that are dependent on your local scene. That’s why it’s important to focus on doing things the right way. Don’t be afraid to work hard and save money to travel to a nice studio to record a great album. Don’t be afraid to reach out to distributers and such. Becoming a national/international sensation is too big of a job to be affiliated with the idea of a local scene these days, and if you’re in a band or are an artist that is just starting out, remember that there is an entire world out there, and your success is not defined by those you went to high school with.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-In each of our hometowns, metal is a very prominent genre with plenty of fans. There are of course still parents, relatives, old-school friends and the like that shy away from the screaming. That may never change. As the generations become older, they begin to dislike the new stuff that comes out because it sounds silly to them. The older generation hates screaming, the middle generation hates mumble rap, and someday generation Z’s kids will find something that their parents will hate. Metal has a strong enough following that it doesn’t seem like it’s going to die anytime soon, and it even seems to still be on the rise!

What does the future hold for you?
-We’re hoping that our future will be a bright, confident, successful and happy one. We have plans to tour the world and to make friends with all sorts of fans and fellow musicians. We wanna do laser shows in stadiums on the moon! Just kidding… But it would be nice to do what those before us have done; play large shows, have a lot of fun with a strong a loyal following, and love one another like there’s no tomorrow.

Join the Cult & Worship the GODZ at:
Website – http://www.worshipthegodz.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/worshipthegodz
Instagram – @worshipthegodz
Twitter – @worshipthegodz
Youtube Channel – worshipthegodz

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