Sunday, July 10, 2016

Album Review: Gone is Gone by Gone is Gone

If music be made of magic then Gone is Gone be the new summoning call of Cthulhu.  Be careful what you wish for.  Your wish is their command.

Metal is more than heaviness shrouded in mythical lyrics.  It is a state of being.  They occupy the space between the music.  It is dark and moving.  It is the air in your lungs that defy you to exhale.  This is exactly what the new EP by Gone is Gone accomplishes. It is heavy and obtuse without ramping up the BPM.  It creates dense mood and emotion that shrouds you like sleep.  Who are these Gods that walk among us?

Gone is Gone is a super group of sorts.  It started as keyboardist Mike Zarin and drummer Tony Hajjar from At The Drive In writing music for film trailers.  Realizing they created a sound that needed to be explored they recruited guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen from Queens of the Stone Age.  There was still a matter of a voice.  A voice to lead them into Armageddon.  In steps bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders from Mastodon.

Gone is Gone manages to create a dense landscape that you can live in without feeling bogged down.  It is a mixture of all things that I love about the genre to create something new.  Songs like "Praying From The Danger" and moving in a way that you feel in your chest.  It is a sound that is fully realized.

The new EP Gone is Gone by  Gone is Gone is available July 8th.  Stream on Spotify and Apple Music or buy directly from their Merch Store including cassettes.

See you when the needle drops!


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