Jul 3, 2012
HEADS UP: Galaxicon - Old Gods ...
While the band is not 100% original, they are just unique enough to set themselves apart from everyone else. 'Old Gods' has a great blend going on. There is the intensity of the most vicious death metal, the crushing brutality of doom metal but there is also a psychedelic side in the vein of Zoroaster but without copying their style or sound in any way.
This is a quite refreshing take on sabbathian heavy rock and if you dig grooves, look no further, this album is jam-packed full of them. Kicking off with 'Serpent Savior' the album unleashes a wall of thick riffs, unique duel vocals, drones and exciting tempo changes. The track beats you around the head for just over six minutes with a stunningly energetic mix of different approaches so they are hardly taking the easy way out with their tunes. Next up 'Rapture of the Deep' is slower, more doom laden track as it stumbles along like a drunk man trying to walk through a mud field.
The sound is of course thick and sick with a tasty amount of distorted fuzz coming out of the guitars and like the opening track, there are a couple of sensational switches in mood and tempo. Third track up 'Pyramid of the Sea' is a drugged up psychedelic doom and is delivered with passion and conviction while 'Snake Oil' goes from doom to stoner metal to sludge to psychedelic and back again and is a mesmerizing riffing stomp for all of its almost 7 minutes.
'The Key, The Gate, The Light' showcases the dynamics within the band with more wonderful blending of styles, tempos and different approaches to sludge and doom. Five tracks in and they haven't really repeated themselves once so it is no wonder this was mastered by James Plotkin, that dude usually knows talent when he hears it and Galaxicon have more talent than most. The release ends on the longest track 'Innkeeper' and it is another killer blending of the complex and the simply brutal. One thing I really appreciate about this album is the wonders that get unleashed on each spin of the album. The songs are deceptive in their complexities but they are also straight-forward enough to be very catchy. Finding that middle-ground is never easy but Galaxicon seem to do it easily. This is a "must-hear." ....9/10.
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