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Doomed Confessionary: The Archetype (Beware Of Gods)

Dark doomy sludgy noisy loud & heavy ear splitting riffage from Chicago, Illinois.

From melancholy to pure menace, Beware Of Gods’ The Archetype’s voice soars and hovers like a cloud of locusts. His atonal trudge & sludge approach of doom laden guitars & gut crushing bass is backed by the just ‘behind the beat’ push & pull attack of guest drummer Kellii Scott across 3 current releases. New music coming in 2024.

Can you say a few words about your band?
Beware Of Gods is essentially a one man project. I work with Kellii Scott of alt space rock legends Failure on drums but currently play all instruments including lead vocals. Beware Of Gods started during the lockdown & was an opportunity to explore a level of freedom in dark & heavy expression through music I had been moving towards my entire life.

What was the biggest challenge for Beware Of Gods last year?
My biggest challenge honestly is promotion. The landscape has changed drastically over the years. It is definitely a challenge getting this music in front of the people who need to hear it.

What can you be most proud of so far?
I am proud that I have created what many believe to be some of the best loud & heavy music coming out from the Underground in recent years. B.O.G. have received several great reviews & accolades from online music publications & fans in the UK, Portugal, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, New Zealand…even Timbuktu, Mali. To have reached such a swath of different fans of heavy music independently has been amazing.

What was your biggest regret?
I’d say not setting things up as best as I could have, perhaps, in terms of pre hype for the two EP’s I put out ahead of the rest of my concept album. I could’ve done better in that department. There’s a learning curve here. I’m catching up.

What was the best concert/tour last year and why?
IMO, Chat Pile’s limited US Tour with Nerver. To me, Chat Pile are absolutely amazing. Just four regular dudes from Oklahoma making terrifying, brutal heavy art. Great live shows. They never cease to blow my mind.

What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
Lie Heavy have surprised me. I had forgotten who Karl Agell was when I saw he was touring with Legions Of Doom & members of Trouble/The Skull. I’m a big COC fan & while I lean more towards Keenan Pepper on vocals, I like their »Blind« album which is Karl Agell on vocals. Karl’s latest project Lie Heavy are just killer. Solid, classic, heavy.

What is currently in your heavy musical rotation?
Well, always Chat Pile, Faetooth, Azell, YOB, Lie Heavy, checking out the new Pallbearer single, I am pretty eclectic in the realm of heavy music, everything finds its way. I try to keep an open mind.

Can you say something more about the music scene in Chicago, Illinois?
I personally can’t say much as B.O.G. haven’t gone live yet. I mean, I have been at this since I was a kid. I have written, recorded & performed in several bands over the years on probably every stage across Chicago & IL that welcomes heavy rock, metal etc. There is a small but very committed metal scene here that stretches across sub genres. That said, the scene appears to be more welcoming & supportive specifically in the doom/stoner community. It is actually a community. That has been refreshing.

Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)?
I take things one song, one recording session, one album at a time. B.O.G. was born during the lockdown & thus far is a one man production. Like I mentioned, I work with Kellii Scott of Failure remotely & also recently started sending stuff to Eric Plonka (Scientist, Dröv, Plonka) for guitars that only a mad genius like him can achieve. He has been supportive & I still can’t believe we’re working on stuff together. Crazy. I mean, if I could set up some shows in California I’d fancy to imagine Kellii could come on board for those performances but as far as Chicago goes, I’m confident the right people will show up when it’s time to take this live. My thing is, we have plenty of people jumping around on a stage, we have plenty of ‘frontmen’ essentially shouting “Look at me! Hear me roar!” I lived that game & quite frankly, to me, it’s a dated, worn out trope. I’m onto something way bigger than a ‘band’. Beware Of Gods is bigger than that, channels more than that. B.O.G. would be best served as a series of, say, live ‘art installations’ or something that co occurs within a larger artistic medium.

What are your plans for the future?
Complete the III part concept album »Upon Whom The Last Light Descends Hath Known Hell & Called It Heaven«, get this music in front of those who need it, get merchandise/t-shirts going, find distribution for the vinyl that came out recently & find the right people to put something special together for not just a live show but a live experience. I am also working on a series of pieces based on infamous tornadoes & built off of sections of Beware Of Gods tunes. That is called EARTHSKRAPER.

How can people best support B.O.G.?
Bandcamp.com. Streaming doesn’t really support artists, although, if you’re using, say, Apple Music (recommended as it is ‘Lossless’) or Spotify, go like a song or two and follow Beware Of Gods. Mostly though, WORD OF MOUTH!!! Tell your friends tell your enemies tell everyone about B.O.G. Lol!!!

Do you have any message for your listeners?
Beware Of Gods has ZERO to do with defiance of ‘God’. I’m not Atheist nor Satanist. Beware Of Gods is a warning regarding the ‘false gods’ that show up in our minds, gods of fear, doubt, greed, anger, etc. Also false gods in the form of celebrity & politics. Essentially Be Aware and Leary of Those Who Claim to Have the Answers to Your Problems. The snake oil dealers, the carnival barkers, the mega churches…all that crap.

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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