From their inauspicious origins within a very exotic metal music scene, India’s Godless slowly rose to the very top of the country’s death metal class. Interestingly, throughout this gradual but inexorable climb, the members of the band didn't distinguish themselves for bringing innovations to the genre so much as for their unapologetic commitment to pure, unadulterated, lightning-fast, ear-shredding, thrash-influenced death metal.
With a name like Godless, it doesn't take a genius to file the band into the realm of uncompromising music, but since being formed in mid-2015 by musicians who have been a part of the Indian metal scene for years, the Hyderabad-based band has broken to also meddle in other old-school metallic forms.
Slowly developing their craft over the next year, singer Kaushal LS, guitarists Ravi Nidamarthy and Rohit Nair, bassist Abbas Razvi, and drummer Aniketh Yadav eventually recorded a four-track EP with the mission statement-like title of Centuries of Decadence, which was mixed and mastered by Joe Haley of Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic. After being brought under the Transcending Obscurity Records fold, Godless launched their EP in May 2016, which was met with rave reviews in media, including features in Rolling Stone India, Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, XXL Rock, No Clean Singing, Metal Wani, Brave Words, Dead Rhetoric.
2017 brought support slots for the Indian leg of Psycroptic tour, as well as Behemoth, Jeff Loomis, and Swedish metallers Mindshift. The band restructured into a quartet when guitarist Rohit Nair left and decided to continue as a four-piece.
Encouraged by their growing fan base and received feedback for the debut EP, Godless rushed back into the studio in early 2018 to record their sophomore EP Swarm, another blistering deathrash metal tour de force that boasts guest appearance from former Obscura guitarist Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager on the record’s closing piece. Mixing and mastering were done at the renowned Hertz Studio in Poland, known for their work with likes such Vader, Behemoth and Decapitated.
Unphased, the band simply vowed to play ever faster, meaner, louder — making sure that their new effort was their fiercest yet. To cement their position on the Indian metal scene as one of the most admired metal acts, Godless made their international live debut at Wacken Open Air, the world’s most prestigious metal festival, in August 2018, where the band played to thunderous applause from the audience who kept shouting for more.
Following their return from Wacken in Germany, Decibel Magazine premiered the first single from Swarm — a lyric video for the song “From Beyond” — in late August, stating that Godless “aren’t focused on showboating but on delivering a relentless, aggressive song.”
Comprised of five songs, Godless released their much-awaited second EP Swarm on October 27, 2018 to critical acclaim with the release being featured on Metal Injection, Rolling Stone, Metal Hammer, Decibel Magazine, and many more respected publications, with Metal Injection & Rolling Stone naming it as one of the top EPs of 2018. Godless toured the country in support of Swarm in October–November 2018 across 9 cities, making it one of the longest tours ever undertaken by an extreme metal band in the country.
In February 2019, Godless played at India’s biggest metal festival, Bangalore Open Air, alongside acts like Suffcation and Abbath. Godless is now all set for yet another colossal India tour scheduled for May–June 2019, with plans also set in motion for their first international tour slated to happen in September 2019.
Godless continues to push the boundaries of what it means to be a metal band with its hardworking ethos combined with its unforgiving approach to metal.