Gods Tower comes from Belarus, the band is old and influential on the Pagan metal scene of Eastern part of Europe, they are still honest with their ideas and desires in musical ways, so it was great pleasure to speak with them!
Hi! Tell me about Gods Tower. Why did you decide to name the band with such title back then? What kind o ideas do you explore, is it still the same like when you have started the band?
We took this name because it sounds great. We always explore ideas of freedom; especially we explore paganism as the one of freedom’s incarnation. But you must know, we were never religious band, we were near to ideas of NWOBHM. That’s why we don’t care if someone tells we are not true paganists. Who are you to decide, how true we are… Surely we are true metalheads, and our paganism is not kind of religion, it is kind of way to express our-selves. At first we play metal, at second it is pagan, at third it is Belarusian.
“Liar” single was released couple months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put song into masses without any wishes to change something now?
“Liar” is one of most heartfelt songs of Gods Tower, we feel proud of it. As to change something new – no, we don’t want to change our music. We make it in old-school ways. We can add any effects to our tracks, but totally we won’t change anything. And if you mean social meaning of this song, in this way we’d like our world to change. We want it more rational, without snotty bullshit. We want man to be man again, women to be women, because all of experiences failed. We want Europe to be Europe, not to be bedlam anymore. We want all dictators to be convicted, because their time is out for a long time. We want people to use brains, not asses.
So “Liar” tells about it.
Tell me more about “Liar”? Song ideas etc…
When we were bethinking about this song, we were planned to create song about great man, who wasn’t afraid to tell the truth, even if the truth was unbelievable, the truth looked like heresy. I mean Giordano Bruno.
You know, he’s the one of the most influential man in the world’s history. We don’t take any real facts of his life, but one thing he left to us is his brave look into space. Well, if you dare to watch the planets among the religious fanatics or narcissistic empty-headed selfie-makers (those bipeds are equal to me), you are great. You shall live forever, it doesn’t matter, and shall they burn you alive or not – who cares? We were walking around this idea for a long time, we made it.
Is it something like pre-album song, I mean do you planning to record new album near time?
No, we can’t make it so fast. Album is holding off, because we have too much problems in private life. We shall focus on it later.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
I don’t know. I can’t control it. It comes from everywhere, I can’t foresee moment of its appearing and the doors it comes from. I am just a reporter. We are all just reporters.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Gods Tower nowadays sound?
Oh, I think it is pagan heavy metal. Most capacious definition.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
NWOBHM, classic rock, ethnic music. I can’t tell you what does influence me more.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
It is hard to tell. More of them are not with us anymore; some of them can leave us anytime. But I can’t tell what other members of Gods Tower think about it. I’d like to invite to our studio Ozzy Osbourne to sing with him, but I know, he has his own problems, he has no time to spend it on us.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
No any strategy, just do it sincere. I remind you, personally me – I am not professional musician unlike other members of band. I just scream and move on scene. I just make lyrics, and it is all made in most irrational ways, because I am heavy metal shaman. I talk to the ghosts, I don’t create strategies, and I don’t paint graphics!
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I have a lot of hobbies. A history, astronomy, I love horror movies. I like to make movies and to watch movies. I like watch sports – curling, ultimate, baseball, football and hockey. Besides music I just live, I am an ordinary family man with a jealous wife and eternally unsatisfied children. My hobby is to live…
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Sometimes we are, sometimes we are not. But to our happiness, they understand us.
How’s the metal scene in Belarus right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? What do you think about Ukrainian-Russian war, do not you think same things can happen in Belarus next years?
I don’t watch how modern scene lives and develops, I am totally in the past.
As to second part of your question, I am sure that this story shall ends with the liquidation of Russia as state at all, because it should be done for century ago. This malicious criminal empire is too rotten to exist; it is out of reason at all. Ukraine shall be European state. I hope that this red nightmare shall end in Belarus and we shall join Europe again. It is a hard times, but now it is a match point. I hope we’re going to overcome.