Gallery of Mites - Bugs on the Bluefish (CD)
Gallery of Mites, a ten-man band that boasts five lead guitarists, was formed by Monster Magnet drummer Jon Kleiman and ex-Magnet frontman Tim Cronin.
Having deemed a batch of songs too heavy for their garage-psych outfit, The Ribeye Brothers, the pair decided to develop the new project separately with the enlistment of additional members. The resulting sound is a mix of Stooges, Union Carbide Productions, and early Stones, with a lineup that includes:
- Phil Caivano (Monster Magnet)
- Joe Calandra (Monster Magnet)
- Tim Cronin (ex-Monster Magnet)
- Jon Kleiman (Monster Magnet)
- Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet)
- Duane Hutter (Black Nasa)
- Stu Gollin (Halfway To Gone)
- Jim Baglino (Lord Sterling)
- Mike Schweigert (Lord Sterling)
- Tommy Southard (Solace)
Bugs On The Bluefish is the raw and punchy debut album from this sprawling rock conglomerate. The record also features the members of Monster Magnet backing former Kyuss/current Hermano vocalist John Garcia on one song, a collaboration thatís every stoner rock fanís wet dream.
Gas Giant - Mana (IMPORT) (CD)
Super drug drenched sounding space rock with over the top fuzzed out guitars and soulful leads that just scream blues and acid at you. Think The Animals' House of the Rising Sun crossed with something off of Hendrix's Electric Ladyland. Check it out if you like psychedelic drenched classic guitar rock.
This time Gas Giant added a greater variety of instruments and an increased sense of dynamics, all to good effect. So along with the expected influences from Hendrix, Kyuss, Sabbath, and Floyd, we also get a taste of darker varieties of metal, tribal stomps, and even some acoustic guitars. But first and foremost is the blistering, all-out heavy and tripping space rock!
Although they can be VERY heavy, there is a very trippy, free-wheeling versatility to their sound that keeps pulling me back for more listens. And if juggling these two chainsaws wasn’t enough, there is some great songwriting and stereo wizardry going on. The songs have some really nice melodic hooks, choruses that get under your skin, and sudden changes in texture and dynamics that don’t leave you on safe ground.
Gates of Slumber, The - Hymns of Blood and Thunder (CD)
It's these sort of creative flourishes, along with some seriously top notch songwriting, that elevates Hymns of Blood and Thunder to greatness. Whether it's the subtle layering of guitars, the guest female vocals on “The Mist in the Mourning”, or the way the band so effortlessly mixes might with majesty, The Gates of Slumber have truly arrived into their own with Hymns of Blood and Thunder. If they're to be judged by one album, let this one be it.
Gates of Slumber, The - The Wretch (CD)
The Wretch sees The Gates of Slumber pushing its trademark blend of skull-crushing riffs and pounding rhythms to new heights and marks a return to the slower all-out doom tempos of the group's early albums combined with "true doom metal" lyrical themes.
Geezer - Gage (CD)
Not your daddy's blues band, Geezer lays down thick heavy grooves rooted in the tradition of pre-war slide guitar blues, while simultaneously breaking boundaries through sonic experimentation and improvisation.Always Heavy... Totally Righteous... Geezer. Gage has been rated one of the Best EP's of 2013 by The Obelisk and Grime at The Ripple Effect. Nuke Dog from Heavy Planet included Ancient Song as one of the Best Songs of 2013
Geezer - Self Titled (CD)
The kings of heavy blues based rock are back and set the record straight. The new full-length is full of razor sharp riffs, diesel infused vocals, and they've gone a bit psychedelic too.
Gentlemans Pistols - Hustler's Row (CD)
2015 album. For fans of Kadavar, Graveyard, Blues Pills, Orchid, The Vintage Caravan and Rival Sons. Featuring Bill Steer of Carcass on guitar.
Gezoleen - Black Spaces Between Stars (CD EP)
Gezoleen is pretty much a one-man band, that man being multi-instrumentalist Jeff McLeod. Samples, mangled tracks, synths, and the vocals of a truly sick, angry man, are all mashed together to make a statement that grows more powerful with repeated listens. This is a bit on the far side of experimental music.
Don't expect to hear anything "pretty" if you do take the plunge. Nor is there any kind of guitar wizardry at all. It's more like the noise you would hear inside the engine of a '55 Chevy Bel-Air as the engine seizes from not changing the oil for 50,000 miles. But on a Monday evening after the boss has torn you a new ass and you've just had the worst day of your working life, this disc and a bottle of Wild Turkey will wipe any trace of yourself away.
Gezoleen approximates and summarizes many sound scenarios: what it would sound like if Jim (Foetus) Thirwell interpreted Big Black with guitars and Chinese fireworks; being pushed off the edge of a fiery volcano by James Plotkin; the Swans doing an on-line mash up of Neubaten's "Autobahn" and Neurosis' "Pain of Mind"; the guy from Naglfar taking a volley of buckshot to the chin; an intestine-collapsing caboodle of thrashcore riffs through the rusty and dusty distortion pedal Mike Patton once ran his vocals through. Black Spaces Between Stars is as damaging as it is frightening; life-affirming as it is destructive and engaging as it is repulsing.
Ghold - PYR (IMPORT) (CD)
The 2016 album from London-based doom two-piece GHOLD. 'PYR' towers with a sonic thickness, frantic dizzying energy and shattering immediacy, penetrated by despondent howls and an uncompromising slice of remorselessness. Yet, even the most seasoned Ghold fan will find something new here, as collaborative noises and instruments creep into the sound.