The 69 of 2014
girugamesh – GRAVITATION
Hot on the heels of their smashing return with MONSTER, girugamesh are keeping their blades honed. GRAVITATION is a fresh arsenal of inspired modern rock. Only five tracks long, it barely scrapes into the mini album category but far trumps any singles in its all-around strength and variety.
“Go ahead” leads the charge and establishes this release as truly unique, starting off with an ethereal beauty grounded by Satoshi’s baritone that explodes in an aggressive barrage of drums and death voice. Just when it seems this piece couldn’t get any more eclectic, the high-pitched female backing vocals jump in to keep listeners from getting too comfortable and then the machine-gun riffs, ominous clock ticks, and music box chimes team up again just for fun. This is truly a hard to beat track in terms of creativity and excitement and it’s damn good, to boot.
The opening strains of “gravitation” could almost be mistaken for a misplaced track by Matenrou Opera but the displacement is belied by the forthcoming full force of girugamesh’s rhythm section in war mode. The group retain their recent sense of positive lyric and fighting spirit in the chorus of “gravitation” to make this a strong piece, although it is somewhat diminished in the shadow of “Go ahead.”
“Not Found” has another new tone; one that smacks of revolution and forging a better world. The feeling of hope and rejuvenation generated amidst the hail of bass, drum, and death voice is astonishing and commendable. Those heavy aspects seem to be the most common among this mini album and tie the bipolar “reflection” in with this revolutionary release. From hip hop to death voice to a snippet of what seems like a melodic chorus comes an exercise in aggression and experimentation in rap forms followed by some scratching. This song is an ever-changing gauntlet that only returns to its chorus as a last resort. The composition defies formula and gives listeners something to be shocked by in a world of predictable plot twists. As the final track, “Vortex” has a lot to live up to and settles for offering up another feast of unrelenting drums and growls as if to bring the underlying theme binding this eclectic mini album to a head in a song of its own.
GRAVITATION has an impeccable center of gravity in the barrage of sound filling each track but the various techniques, melodies, effects, and additional sounds that orbit each piece are what define and diversify it. “Go ahead” is by far the most unique, and that sentiment extends beyond the range of just GRAVITATION or other works by girugamesh into the wider musical arena, putting girugamesh back at the forefront of experimentation and forward movement of the Japanese scene.
5 track CD
- Go ahead
- Not Found