Sunday, January 07, 2007

Album Review: Gaza - “I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die”

This is completely off-the-hook, and one of the least tolerable albums I’ve heard in a very long time. Right off the bat, the promo sticker read “For Fans Of Botch, Pig Destroyer and Premonitions Of War”. Gaza isn’t a sound alike to those bands, but they fit right in.

Gaza wields their caustic dissonance as a massive weapon to be feared. While not as technically skilled as their contemporaries such as Ion Dissonance, Gaza trades in some technical flare for some heavier chaos that feels like having your face ground against uneven pavement. Somewhere within the turmoil of all the garbled shrieking and muffled growls, Trevor Strnad from The Black Dahlia Murder did some guest vocals on the song “Cult”. And yet, within the grinding chaos, a song like “Hospital Fat Bags” that comes out you with a grinding mess of broken glass that turns to a slow sludge, and ends with a gloomy melody.

A friend of mine gave this a listen and compared some moments to a medium sized but extremely strong dog getting wrapped up in a sharp chain for the slower moments. The heavier moments of course feel like the dog escaping and attacking your neighbour. Lovely.


Gaza At MySpace
Gaza At Black Market Activities
Gaza At Metal Blade Records


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