This week had been clouded by the too soon death of Dave Brokie, who as Oderus Urungus fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades. Brockie remained a constant in the band that has had a revolving door of members, including lead guitarist Cory Smoot (34), who was found dead on the band’s tour bus in North Dakota in 2011. GWAR released it’s latest album, Battle Maximus in Septemer 2013 and from this very album I’d like to play a tune as the first entry of this weeks Harsh Sounds of the Week.
The band which originates from Bayonne in south-west France was formed in 1996 and had been previously known as Godzilla. Joe Duplantier, the older of the two founding brothers, was also bassist for Cavalera Conspiracy from 2007 to 2008. Their style is not easily classifiable as they blend several styles. Though loosely rooted in (technical) death metal, they are also highly influenced by by thrash, groove and progressive metal. Gojira plays a technical and rhythmic style of heavy metal with precision drumming, unusual rhythm patterns, and start-and-stop riffs. If you are expecting the standard verse, chorus, verse thing you might get the shock of your life as this is the most uncommon way of songwriting to Gojira. Vocals are ranging from screaming to growling and clean parts.
The band is by no means new to me, but they released a new video to their 2012 released album L’Enfant Sauvage.
If you have read last weeks Harsh Sounds of the Week you might remember that I stated that I never had the Faroe Islands on my personal metal map. I have never been so wrong. Ironically I just saw Hamferð which are originating from the Faroe Islands live on wednesday night as the supporting act to Amorphis. Hamferð is a Faroese word that describes the epiphany of dead/missing seamen. Their sluggish, depressive and purely griefing interpretation of doom metal reminded me a lot of a modern version of Forest of Equilibrium by British Doom Metal legends Cathedral. Founded in 2008, this six piece outlet won the Wacken Metal Battle competion at the W:O:A 2012.
Hailing over from São Paulo, all-female Brazillian Thrash Metal band Nervosa have released their debut album Victim of Yourself on March 11. They feature strong influences from classic old-school thrash metal bands, such as Slayer, Sepultura and Exodus, perfectly mixed with original and characteristic features inserted in the songs by each of the bandmembers.