By the time Sammy Lasagni (Guitar), Mitch Koontz (Bass), Peter Gander (Drums) and Anthony de Angelis (Vocals), recorded their first 3-track demo, back in 2001, they had already gained a solid reputation in their homeland of Switzerland as an exciting live act. The demo further solidified GODIVA’s reputation, and garnered them a spot on various festivals the following year.
GODIVA recorded their eponymous debut album at the House of Music Studio in Winterbach under the expert guidance of top producers Tom Naumann and Achim K?hler. Shortly after completing the recordings, GODIVA recruited ace guitar player Moses B. Fernandez, and embarked on a lengthy series of concerts, opening for bands such as Freedom Call, Shakra, Primal Fear, Dokken and Y+T. The highlights of the series certainly were the two successful stadium-shows which they played in Greece in 2006, in the presence of the Scorpions and Whitesnake.
While in the process of recording their second album, vocalist Anthony de Angelis left the band. GODIVA fortunately found a more than suitable replacement when Fernando Garcia (previously with Victory) agreed to join the line-up. Although still quite young at the time, Fernando had gained vast experience and substantial success with Victory, and was generally considered one of the major vocal talents within the Heavy Metal scene. Needless to say GODIVA were quite pleased to welcome him to the fold. Once released, GODIVA’s second album “Call Me Under 666”, was well received by fans and critics alike, and even made it into the top 20 of the FMQB retail charts in the USA – quite an achievement for a European metal band!
Somewhere along the road guitarist Moses B. Fernandez was replaced by the outstanding Steve Papacharitos, who, together with Sammy Lasagni, now constructs killer dual-attack riffs on top of the relentless groove laid down by the rhythm-section of Mitch Koontz and Peter Gander. In combination with Fernando Garcia?s stunning voice and charismatic stage appearance, GODIVA are now ready, willing and able to break into the higher ranks of timeless Heavy Metal acts.
MAUSOLEUM RECORDS are proud – and that’s an understatement – to welcome GODIVA to the label. GODIVA’s third album, DESTRUCTION, will be rush-released on Friday, September 28, to coincide with the start of their European tour with SHAKRA. Razorblade sharp riffs, screaming guitars, pounding drums and crystal clear high-pitched vocals are the main ingredients of DESTRUCTION, the album which will confirm GODIVA’s position at the top of the metal scene.