Interview with Godless Agenda (Thrash Metal / Death Metal)
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
The music can be categorized as thrash metal with growling vocals and elements of death metal. It is quite diverse with fast parts, heavy parts, mid-tempo parts, groovy parts and more melodic parts. The lyrics are mostly inspired by real life events, but the title track is about the gruesome killer bunny from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. The cover art has been created using private photos from Sulawesi in Indonesia and the Chapel of Bones in Czech Republic. The goal is to share our music with the world.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
The sound is a reflection of the music we want to listen to. The album is recorded in the span of 3 years. The track “Death Awaits You All” is recorded in May 2016, while “The Legacy of Man” was finished in April 2019. So you can hear the evolution of the band’s sound on the album.
How does your writing process normally work out?
Most of the tracks start with Øystein recording some riffs and then Helge writes the lyrics, but some tracks are also created based on the lyrics. All the recordings are done in Øystein’s home studio. Øystein create, play and record the music and Helge help out with the arrangements and do some additional vocals.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
We have families with small children, so there will be no 3 month world tour, but look forward to playing selected live shows in Norway and abroad when we have a full line-up. So no plans for world domination, but we think that we have created great music that we want to share with the world. A great way to achieve this is to get signed to a record label to increase the distribution.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
Mostly 80s thrash metal (Slayer/Metallica/Sepultura/Sodom/Kreator/Testament++) and old death metal (Death/Asphyx/Obituary++). We create music that we want to hear ourselves, so it makes sense that the music we listen to are reflected in the music we create.
What’s next for you?
We have a new bass player that are currently learning the songs and are also in contact with a potential new drummer. Hopefully we will be able to recruit a second guitar player for a full line-up. Have 5 more tracks that are more or less finished. The track we are currently working on, “Screams of the Dead”, should be 100% finished and recorded before the end of the year. The track sounds great, so looking forward to hearing the finished product.