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album review : Resurfaces (2011) – Goddess Gagged

album : Resurfaces

artist : Goddess Gagged

genre : Progressive Post-Hardcore

year : 2011

Post-Hardcore is exclusive, when weighed against any other genre of music. There is a hint of every aspect of life being touched upon. It’s music for the strong, for the weak, for the deprived, for the heartbroken, for the aggressive, and for the emotional lot. Many might be dampened by progressive music, for the way it reeks of twists and turns, doesn’t let the music to settle down. A combination of these two super-adverse genres is what Indian band Goddess Gagged plays. With élan.

Let’s keep aside my love for post-hardcore (my new muse, by the way) and how I love experimentation in the music I listen to. The first time you play Goddess Gagged‘s debut record Resurfaces, it assists you in taking away the claustrophobic limitations that many a times is experienced by listeners. Questions like “why did this just happen?“, “why did they do this bit?“, etc., are answered, one by one. The double guitar effect, as i would like to call it, ensues.

Very few post-Hardcore groups believe in having an intro, and the reason being they cannot wait to communicate. The outburst of riffs is deliberate so you don’t have to zoom into the happenings. Modern Machines is a torch one can use to find out the band’s hidden influences. From what they already are playing, they even touch jazz, for starters, and hence they easily tackle hurdles of amalgamating different aspects of music.

If you’ve got a bizarre fetish of grooving along with the music, even that is fulfilled by the quintet. They’ve got Rosemary’s Baby, which makes you tumble by getting into your head, banging itself and the track’s groovy. So is Sink or Swim with an innate depth in the words. There are soft moments that leave you buzzed. I love this track!

Oh, what they’ve done with Inspire is commendable, as I am holding the inlay and reading the lyrics while the song is being performed by the band on the disc. Up and down all through, and the band could have altered the way Inspire ends. Very abrupt. An epic eight minute song Preliminary Stages of the Master Plan, it sounds like another one of the songs from the same album at places. Sluggish at other times, the band would want to spend more time writing longer tracks.

Dreamer should make it to every kind of compilation album that will come out going forward. This song is the safest nest where every dreamer can lay their eggs. Be it the lyrics, the weather inside the track, the gushing out of a person’s mental state, and the music of course. While Dreamer and Visionary mean one and the same thing, there are subtleties that only a music enthusiast can spot after hearing the two tracks on Resurfaces.

Completing Resurfaces told me that progression is so evidently a key ingredient in the band’s songwriting. The complications can be heard on all their tracks and Goddess Gagged unites all progressive routes on the tracks Modern Machines, Sink or Swim and Visionary. Especially Visionary is co-operative, with a switch between clean and harsh vocals. The last one and a half minutes make the most impact, I bet.

Resurfaces was awaited for the right reasons. It’s a record that encapsulates so many things that revolve around your existence. Hence, it’s a flow. Produced by Zorran Mendonsa, the album has a sound that only helps the songs shine and as a listener I’m satisfied. And Siddharth, you take the listener on a trip with your vocals, man.

By buying Resurfaces you are not helping the band, but yourself, to know your capabilities, to dream, to achieve, to inspire and to emerge out of the shell of asinine notions. Yes, Resurfaces is metal, but no, it is not just for metal lovers. That’s an assurance. And hey, they’ve dropped a hint about their next release here, which hopefully would be their master plan.

Rating : 4/5

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album review : A God’s Lie (2010) – Devoid

album : A God’s Lie

artist : Devoid

genre : Thrash/Death Metal

year : 2010

Formed with an intention of keeping thrash metal alive in this part of the world, Devoid is one band that has only grown. And the growth has been on the other side of the stage too. I have personally witnessed this metamorphosis from being termed a Slayer-cover band (which itself is a feat) to where they are today.

With a stable line-up for the longest time, Devoid had to think only about making metal. For those reading this and are clueless, Devoid is a four-piece deathrash band from Bombay, India who released their debut album titled A God’s Lie. Here I go through the album track-by-track to give you an insight into this Demonstealer Records release that is as much old school as it personifies the metal of today :

A Silent Death – Intro to a thrash album should always be impactful or maybe not give away anything. This one lets you wander about and is uncluttered with just a few notes played but it speaks for itself.

Battle Cry – Thrash goes well with weapons and war and no guesswork is required to understand what would be let loose here. With another intro to the track you are taken through some calculated drumming before the speed takes over. Broken down at various places to introduce a new riff prevents the track from following the routine of a stickler. The missing link of a solo is fulfilled and for a good two minutes we are set.

Possessed – The tightest track written by the band, be it on the album or live. Slaps you hard with no room for a shift. Track name clarifies the theme but still an intro is present. And there is a solo right at the beginning fuckers! The thrash deal is inked thereafter, and is the first death metal touching track. Melodic riffs follow and headbanging is made a compulsion. Bass gets a mention for Possessed.

Devoid of Emotions – The song commences with an introductory riff which is one of those that is hard to neglect. This one also fits in the thrash domain. More work was required on the lyrics. The track exits the way it entered, but not before they spice it up with a solo.

Black Fortress – The oldest track by the band has proved its worth and only then has managed to get this far. Succinctly melodic and sticking to the theme, this one here represents early-Devoid. This song has been revamped, fine tuned and is the best representation of thrash/death on A God’s Lie.

Hate Cult – Track six is an old school track. Complete with the anger, riffing, lyrics, drumming, groove, vocals, solos and all of this personifies the hate. An underrated track on A God’s Lie but needs to be heard a couple of times in order to multiply the liking.

New World Order – Alright this one brings a change and is the heaviest track. It’s severely death and a section of it has a pace that Devoid does not perform on any other track. There is also a voiceover thrown in here and there to keep things crude. New Order World is also home to a repetitive portion which you have heard somewhere else, but the track isn’t monotonous.

A God’s Lie – The title track is the longest but isn’t that long compared to an average thrash track. Every department of the band is seen outdoing each other. Whether it is the speed, instruments, vocals or lyrics. It gets intense towards the second half with my favorite subject being crushed with a heavy fucking blow. If you think A God’s Lie isn’t a cool name for a track or an album then you aren’t cool enough.

Beersong – Don’t know why this has been called a bonus, maybe because the idea does not fit in amidst what we have gone through to reach this one or maybe because beer deserves a separate mention. Well whatever it is this is a fun track with fun lyrics and is very much thrash. Beersong gets reviewed separately here.

The album was produced at MotorG Studios, Bombay. Although the recording is raw it could be amended a little more. Violet shades on the cover with the betel-chewed tongue is totally rocking. More than an album A God’s Lie is a compilation of all Devoid tracks we have headbanged to for more than five years now and this fusion of thrash, death and melody needs to make its way to your player.

Rating : 4/5

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