The German Stoner Prog Alliance has a new warrior in its line : Gaffa Ghandi!
Hey Fuzzers! I’m back with a review from a Berlin-based band who recently released their debut album on Exile on Mainstream Records, Gaffa Ghandi with Artificial Disgust. And beware, because if, like me, you love instrumental proggish Stoner Rock, your mind will be melting in a few seconds after hearing them!
How is the sound?
By now you should now I’m a sucker for instrumental Stoner Prog, especially bands coming Germany, as it seems only the teutons know how to craft this unique kind of subgenre in our scene. Yes, I’m talking about bands like Mother Engine, Liquid Silk, Wight, Stonehenge, and the spearhead of this Riff Alliance : Rotor. Well, you can now add Gaffa Ghandi as a new ally.
If you’re familiar with the bands I mentioned above, you can already have idea of Gaffa Ghandi’s sound. Mainly riff-based and ultra melodic in the guitars, combine that with complex rhythmic patterns, and you can instantly feel these 4 guys are talented musicians. Because yes, I think that’s one of the reason I think we don’t have that many bands doing this kind of music : it’s damn hard to compose AND to play, you really need a great sense of musicianship to craft tunes like this and not fuck it up.
So yes, perfect execution from these guys, the dual lead guitars taking the front stage with brio, each one doing its own melodic notes progressions, but both feeling perfectly well in in your ears when heard together. And then you have the rumbling bass, which, as in the majority of bands, is less noticeable than the high-pitched guitars, but when you carefully put your attention on it, you can fully enjoy those groovy bass lines, which often plays something different than the guitars, making it 3 different layers of sounds for your to digest! And last but not least, the drummer has all the chops to play those complex rhythms that ties everything together, we’re very far from the classic “pum tchak pum tchak” here 🤓
Then everything explodes when they are all playing the same FAT riff, the headbang is strong, and parts of my brain get ejected in the air following that arc motion 🤯
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because Stoner Prog done right is beautiful to listen to.
- Because Rotor won’t release a new album this year (or do they?)
In what situation you should listen to this album?
War On Fire
For Fans Of
Rotor, Elder, Mother Engine, Colour Haze, My Sleeping Karma
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