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Putting your bean into my mind – Godchilla

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Apparently, I cannot exist without drinking coffee. I confess to being addicted. I had broken the record of 97 hours without so precious caffeine, risking some damages in my surrounding. Even though I’m blessed with coffee beans covered with chocolate. But every time I open a box of them to feed my addiction I hear in my mind words Concentrate on putting your bean into my mind. So I concentrate on putting MY mind into THEIR bean. Godchilla’s one. Montag The Magnificent. There are a few young bands here that in 5 years will definitely kick your ass to death. Just give them enough time. Beyond any doubt Godchilla is one of them.

I will begin with the flashback to October 2013. Finally I got the opportunity to see Godchilla in its full glory. A characteristic loft of good old Gamli Gaukurinn was decked out in fairy lights. Three guys took the stage. My jaw dropped during the first song and meaning full glory I didn’t really expect they will get a new drummer… so my jaw had a plan to never get back on its right place, how nice. I craved for a debut album while thinking they will make soon some noise on local music scene. I could sum up that night with one word: awe-stricken.

Almost exactly one year later Godchilla threw generously an intense party – debut album release show at Húrra. The album entitled COSMATOS was shown to world in September and contains a succesful mixture of sludge doom metal and stoner surf rock. Nammi, I would say. I had huge hopes and a big appetite for this gig so there was a shadow of danger I may be disappointed or insatiable. But, oops, they did it again. The gig was so massive that I can easily describe it as so far the best show in Godchilla´s career.

A superb doomy thrashing gave us almost masochistic joy. Maybe I get unhealthy pleasure out of watching one of the best drummers in the town that was playing the gig on the verge of rage. He added his specific element to the sound of Godchilla and let the band unleash a ferocious sonic storm. The guys tore through entire album spreading raw tunes around totally packed room at Húrra. Grand guitar lines were coiling across our minds mesmerizing us totally. Damn, we were on a trip to some place far away in space. The lyrics got stuck somewhere deep in my mind. Like a bean. And those beans will grow as long as we will surf for Satan on lava fields. Godchilla knows exactly how to fire on all cylinders. For the song entitled Cosmatos they were joined on stage by Ingólfur Ólafsson, owner of the voice from the depth that spiced the gig up. Damn, now I will regret forever and ever that I didn’t catch Plastic Gods when I had that possibility, arghhh, silly me.

I have seen around 100 performances this year and Godchilla´s debut album release show will definitely end up in top#10 of this year. Well done, they sent me home speechless and breathless. And I was laughing then too, just because of the joke of switching instruments for the encore.

And you know what? Three months ago they released COSMATOS and last week we could already hear a brand new surf song live! Nice, huh? So maybe I will just enjoy to the full as long as they still play only in Iceland. But you are aware you have power to change it 😉

Now it´s time for us to go descend into the moss and snow.


Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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