Godsticks: Emergence – album review
Godsticks – Emergence (Self Released)
CD | DL
Southern Welsh Alternative, Progressive Rockers Godsticks recently released their third full length album Emergence. This has a more guitar heavy sound than earlier releases but has lost none of the magic you would expect from a Godsticks album. Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham has been listening, read what he thinks below.
Most of this album consists of immense guitars, the riffs that open the majority of the songs are just huge, they pound at you like an unrelenting tide coming in. Following the guitars, the drums are clear and crisp but hitting as hard as they possibly can, it’s big, nasty and dirty guitar slamming into your face. Then it all switches around, as soon as the vocal starts the music goes from classic hard rock into something calmer and smoother.
They class themselves as alternative rock and that fits perfectly, it’s not run of the mill and it’s certainly not ordinary. The songs flow with stuttering riffs and spiralling layers of sound that drag you in and make you find something different in the music every time you listen to it. In the main the songs revolve around the aforementioned monster guitar parts, good enough for any tennis racket wielding six string hero, but when they stray away from the noise they become soft and tender, ‘All that remains’ is about the end of a relationship and what you are left with, both beautiful and simple sounding.
The album is at its strongest on the last three tracks, the first and last both around six minutes long and the middle one only a minute, but all slotting together to make a wonderful fresh sound, Godsticks are proving that alternative rock is alive and well, check them out.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More writing by Adrian can be found at his author’s archive.