Goddess Gagged – Resurfaces(2011)
Goddess Gagged are a young band(age-wise), and yet they’ve been around for quite some time now, making their presence felt last year as Mood Indigo finalists, where I saw them live for the first time, and was duly impressed by their live performance. So when I heard that they were about to release an album, I was decently curious as to what a full length would have to offer.
The first song, Modern Machine is strongly reminiscent of Polars-era Textures, both guitar and vocal wise. The hardcore influences also shine forth, though the breakdown towards the end seems a little out of place…would’ve gone well with a djent band or something, but it doesn’t seem like an integral part of the package that Goddess Gagged seem to offer. ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is up next, with some very well done clean sections. The guitar effects form a good atmospheric background for the distorted riffage to work on, giving the thing a very post-rock/metal-ish vibe. ‘Dreamer’ follows, a slow/mid-paced post-hardcore ballad that builds up very well, and has it’s share of some delicately crafted clean parts.
‘Inspire’ features some very interesting riffs, but kind of loses momentum somewhere in between. ‘Visionary’ is a highly enjoyable song, featuring some heavy, downtuned riffs and powerful growled vocals, though the song mellows down later and progresses at a mid-paced tempo. ‘Sink or Swim’ features a very powerfully done, desi sounding(and I mean that in the best way possible, as an allusion to Indian classical roots) intro. The main theme is catchy enough to be stuck in your head for a few days, and the way the song settles down and rises back is done with immense ease, though the abrupt TesseracT-ish breakdown(AGAIN!) towards the end is a slight blemish. The last one stands like a seemingly done-to-death alt-rock piece, but thankfully soon deviates from that structure into proggier lands (and back again, somehow).
Overall, the album sounds more or less balanced, though a little on the mellower side. The vocals are strong, the writing skills of the guitarist are commendable, incorporating some very interesting structures and ideas. The drumming is tight, and seems to have been done in the ‘not more than necessary’ vein, though that shouldn’t be an issue. The compositions sound fresh(and well mixed, except for some vocal sections where the clean and the growls/shouts don’t blend as well), and though some sections are heavily inspired, Goddess Gagged seem to have gotten pretty close to finding their own ‘sound’ on this album. Fans of atmospheric laden progressive rock/metal should definitely try this one if they can. Overall rating, 7.2/10.