Gorgy -Birth of Damnation

Kentucky band Gorgy bring forth and create within, the blood soaked true roots of death metal/grindcore delivering a sound as brutal and defiling as the premise and lyrical content of their music. The songs on the band’s debut album Birth Of Damnation on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, infiltrate the senses using the vilest of subjects and intensive sounds, nothing is too much or avoided. Humanity is the cause of some of the sickest topics and Gorgy is unafraid to use and share with their listeners.

Birth Of Damnation is an onslaught of visceral sound and intent but also uniquely creative with veins of incisive and striking melodies and diversions to aid the challenge of their aggressive and invading sound. Vocally the album is guttural, a growling intense primal intrusion matched and complimented by the devastating riffs and varied scorching sonic shafts of sound that permeate each track.  

Gorgy began in 2008 when guitarist Kelly “Taker” McCoy, drummer Clint Glasscock (ex-Scars of Suffering), bassist Chris Haynes (ex- Imbrued Deceit), plus guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Miller and vocalist Bobby Snook (both formally Internal Malice) teamed with the intention to create diverse songs through a collaborative compositional efforts, a multi handed responsibility for writing music and lyrics. Birth Of Damnation is the result and proof of their success, a release that drives variants in music and thoughts with the strongest and at times most uncomfortable of sounds.

From the opening track ‘Welcoming The Gore’ the intriguing nightmare of Birth Of Damnation hits hard, throwing dark harsh vocals on top of rampaging riffs at the ear. Powerful and consuming the music invades every one of the senses, claiming victims with an insurgent attack and sonically intrusive groves and grinds. Immense though the sound is the band mixes it up with stylish and inventive diverting sounds and detours, placing seamless breakdowns and unexpected moves within the covering wall of sound gives intrigue and great variation to the song, a mark of all the eight statements of intent upon the release in fact.

Birth Of Damnation will not be for everyone, its harsh directness and overwhelming power even with the vibrant individual inventions of melodic sonic sounds that layer the aggressive slabs of noise being too intense and forceful for them to look into the depths of the music on show. This is a shame as the skilled songwriting and its realisation is impressive even if at times a worthy challenge to seek out. Tracks like the crushing ‘Retaliation Of Your Disease’, the masterful power of ‘Disgorge The Child’, and ‘May Cause Birth Defects’ disturbing and unsettling, all bring a freshness to the genre that cannot and should not be ignored. The consistency across the album is commendable and no track is weak against another, Birth Of Damnation a solid and pleasing package in every aspect.

Anyone with a healthy enjoyment and head for the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Immolation Obituary, and Carcass go directly to your nearest access to hear and grab Birth Of Damnation. Gorgy bring you what you already like and much, much more.

RingMaster 23/08/2011

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Black Cat Theory – Magnetic Fields

For most here will be the first time they have even read the name of Scottish band Black Cat Theory let alone heard their excellent rock sounds but with the release of their debut album Magnetic Fields that will surely change. Consisting of ten excellent varied slices of blended hard rock/electronica/ metal the album is a joy from start to finish. It plays like an old friend, the music easily accessible and powerful, wrapped in instantly agreeable hooks and riffs that maybe do not create new musical avenues but stir the blood and lift the senses.

Black Cat Theory started with multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bell, fully finding its teeth with the addition of vocalist Steve Martin and his distinct voice and lyrical style. Together the duo from Dunfermline, have combined to create an album that is well written, strongly performed and most of all is genuinely satisfying.

Magnetic Fields, its name inspired by the same titled artwork from photographer Ben Shillabeer that graces the album draws influences and heart from a multi-genre flavouring that brings vibrancy to it. At times there is a definite familiarity within its eager songs that reminds of other bands but it never loses its own solid identity.  

Come On Inside’ kicks off the fun with a riff bouncing eighties rock sound, light and irrepressible it is a lively start to the album. The keyboard sounds pouncing behind the driving guitars and Martin’s gravelly tones, give the song a playful buzz that even if not a fan of rock from the influencing decade makes the ear welcome heartedly.

As mentioned there is a cross genre base to the songs within Magnetic Fields, from the classic rock drive of ‘Poets Of Madmen’, the glorious soft rock semi acoustic emotive ‘Mircalla’, to the harder metal lined attack of ‘Windows Of Memory’ recalling Therapy? at their height, the attack of the album is impressively variable in flavour and directly gratifying in quality. Each track whether a full on delivery or a mellower flow has an addictive sing-a-long facet that is impossible to ignore or resist.

The consistency across all songs is extremely strong but some tracks stand out with more urgency and appeal. The Metallica/Primer 55 attack of ‘Dereliction’ with a winding prowling groove and big majestic riffs is immense, matched  by the driving big rhythm of ‘Sons Of Destiny’ with a Hetfield tinged vocal, and ‘I Am The Hurricane’ containing rumbling riffs and a fine guitar solo that grabs attention. Black Cat Theory never shirk on the elements that makes rock an essential listen.

Magnetic Fields closes on two instrumentals which in different ways are expressively creatively and emotionally. ‘Lakeview Hotel’ is inspired by the computer game Silent Hill 2. In a blog Bell said about the piece “Part ambient piece, part sound collage, part instrumental guitar piece, Lakeview Hotel is essentially a love note to the video game Silent Hill 2.” The track is a consuming atmospheric track successfully creating and installing the strong emotive feel of the game though even anyone not aware of it will find the song an effectively play on the senses and emotions nevertheless. With searching synths, hopeful melodic hooks, and menacing riffs all that is missing is the suffocating oppressive fog from its inspiration. ‘Blind One Way’ is an infectious slice of electronica, completely different to the rest of the album but just as agreeable leaving the listener with a smile on the face.

Magnetic Fields is a joy, a wide ranging blast of heavy melodic metal/rock that engages and thrills in equal measure. With the added bonus of the album being available for free from the band’s own website www.blackcattheory.co.uk all should check out Black Cat Theory, they could just be your new musical best friend.

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