River Stole Gods – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

RIVER STOLE GODS (Metalcore from Düsseldorf, Germany)

PD: What type of artist are you?

Adam: We are River Stole Gods, a band of three guys from Düsseldorf (GER), who love heavy breakdowns, techy riffs and progressive tunes as well as good vegan food!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

Adam: If you are accurate, Raphael and I already started the band in 2018 writing first songs, mostly found on our EP “Sky Architects”. By Spring 2019, we started our journey with Lasse and former members and since then, we have released two EPs – “Sky Architects” and “Apparitions” – went on East Europe Tour with Slam Metal Band “Ingested” in 2020, did a few streaming shows throughout the Corona Pandemic (crazy to perform just in front of cameras and the FOH) and finally released our latest single “Holding On” this September as the first chapter of a single trilogy hitting your ears this winter!


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Adam: I am a huge Architects fan, who got me basically into metalcore 10 years ago or so! And as a bassist I absolutely love Karnivool and their bassist Jon Stockman, who just took the role of bass players in bands to the next level in my opinion. What also inspires me is art and gaming.

Raphael: Bands that inspire me are Monuments, Loathe, Silent Planet, Architects. And I am thankful for Sea Shepherd’s amazing environmental work.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

Adam: The absolute goal is to have the time to do what we want: music. And to see the world by doing that, meet inspiring people and continue to develop us as a band and humans.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

Raphael: Mostly I do write the song outlines, which are expanded with Lasse’s and Adam’s impulses. I finish the songs up, when everyone is pleased with structure, riffs and atmosphere. Lasse does lyrics and vocals on his own, often addressing social-critic, often pretty dystopic topics and what drives him personally.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

Adam: Like most of the bands nowadays, we use Social Media as a very interactive and wide-ranging tool to present us and what we do, taking the fans with us behind the scenes, on tour and so on. Also, a lot of networking, collaborating, meeting and making friends with bands and stakeholders of the music business is what it takes, to get known in the big wide world of music.


PD: What do you think about streaming music online?

Adam: The possibility of streaming music online is a double-edged sword for me: on the one hand, people have an easy and fast access to your music as everyone uses one of the big streaming services. On the other hand, the base to earn money via selling your music as CD or Vinyl is nearly lost, not to mention that streams are not or only very low paid. It has definitely become easier to promote your music and also more difficult, because the expectations of you as a band and your “products” are increasing.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Adam: I wish, that I would have written “Holy Roller” by Spiritbox, as this song just gets everyone in a moshpit and to shout out loud.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

Adam: Not finding a drummer for two years. If you, who reads the interview, plays drums, loves metalcore and lives nearby Düsseldorf, hit us up!


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

Adam: Doing the tour with Ingested in East Europe for sure as well as having played our last show without drummer.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

Adam: At the moment, we are working on an album, as we have a bunch of unreleased stuff, that should make it out in the world someday. Besides that, two more songs will be released this Winter.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

Adam: We do have our two EPs “Sky Architects” and “Apparitions” and our latest single “Holding On” online on every known streaming platform. Go check it out, we would be very delighted it you do so!

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