SKELETON OF GOD

I am a huge friend of the US death metal sound that Cannibal Corpse carved so carefully with their debut album. I have no clue what psychedelic death metal is but I still like SKELETON OF GOD despite of that. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We’re a metal band from Colorado, USA!! We’ve been kicking around since the tape trading days and have always made a point of being as unique as possible. We consider ourselves to be Psychedelic death metal which is confusing to some people.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn’t difficult to find the name. It just rolled off my tongue one day, I though it was funny, then it just made sense. We were originally called Hideous Corpse (90-92), we thought that moniker was kind of cliche’ so we opted for something more unique.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Back in the day: Black Sabbath, Autopsy, Immolation, Fatal, Morbid Angel, Entombed/Nihilist, VoiVod, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Bathory, Suffocation, Cathedral, Forbidden, Godlesh, OLD, Exit-13, Death, Napalm Death, Carcass, Sleep, Pink FLoyd, Can, Hawkwind, Satyricon, Iron Maiden etc…
Immolation, Fatal, and VoiVod were big influences on our sound.
We’ve always had an open mind to music, at heart we’re metal heads but we’ve always liked noise, experimental, electronic, punk rock, classic rock etc… I like all kinds of stuff, especially the revival of psychedelic music, doom metal, and garage.
In the realm of metal these days I like newer stuff like Swallowed, Maze of Sothoth, Blood Incantation, Dopethrone, Primitive Man, Batillus…

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-When we formed we knew we wanted to play a weird style of death/grind. The name, like mentioned above, was chosen to separate ourselves from the gore/death classification a little bit.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think whatever a band can do to get their name out there is cool. It gives people a chance to discover whether they like it or not. I personally like to seek out and check out songs before I decide to buy the record. I have always preferred vinyl if I really dig a band. I generally buy the digital download over cd.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Art is a big part of the reason I like vinyl. I know it’s kind of a trendy thing these days but I’ve always picked up the vinyl from bands I really like. When I was a kid I would pick up a Celtic Frost album or Mercyful Fate album and stare at it or redraw it while I’d listen, for lack of better words it was special. I never felt that way so much with cds or a download.
Best way to attract attention is to stick out like a sore thumb. Instead of making dark album covers with demons or monsters ripping people apart or Giger rip offs we opt to create weird cover art that is “off the beaten path”, no offense to bands that choose the other aesthetic. Primordial Dominion has a bright red cover with a blue girl that has flowers in her hair, haha. We don’t really try to stand out, we just do what we want for the most part. I’ll add this, I know a lot of people are using his art these days but I really like Paolo Girardi’s art and would like to see his art on an SoG cover.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media makes it much easier. In the past it was quite expensive to get your name out to the masses. It was cooler though, like a secret society.
I still like to trade stuff like we used to, it’s satisfying.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Playing in a band has nothing to do with a scene, for us anyway. It’s more of a “spiritual” connection you have with other humans. It’s great when the music resonates with people, there’s a real sense of satisfaction when you can relate to others.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We don’t tour at the moment, we live in other states and have busy lives. We might consider it but don’t have a problem just spending time in the studio hanging out and composing music. We approach the studio like people might approach going to the pub = we have some beers, smoke some weed, invite people over, have fun catching up and shooting the shit etc..
It’s the best way, if you can make time to do it all the time. If not, social media and interviews like this are great.

What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a new ep this year and maybe some touring, who knows for sure? We like to keep our options open.

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