More new music from the ever-adventurous Gnod, in the form of 3 stretched-out tracks. Politically-generated rage was the key to the creation of the tracks on Mirror, and the ferocious momentum and bruised anger they carry will prove infectious. Both vinyl and CD versions are packed in mirrorboard sleeves, and the CD / download code includes a Raikes Parade remix.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 29 March 2016
Generally disgruntled experimentalists Gnod continue to hiss and snarl but through the medium of music rather than just sound. They’re kinda psychedelic, if you recall, but they also love mantras, so brace yourself for abstracting riffs and shouts of things like “too many faces.. buried.. deep inside the mirror!”. Gnod records have a tendency to slither into place, and ‘Mirror’ is no different -- after an abrupt beginning, it takes a while to get going, its tunnels of quiet noise sifting through a quaint rhythmic groove towards a feedback-stianed climax that it proposes and eventually -- reluctantly -- reaches.
“Learn To Forgive” gets Gnod out in the open and they hate it there. Their riffs start trickling down towards the discordance of an out-of-tune ambulance siren, while an off-beat chord-sequence takes things in a separate direction. Our fearless lead singer sounds like Guy Picciotto when he’s worried about something, though with more venom and gravel in the snarls -- as far as Gnod goes, this kinda setup is the most abrasive they sound to me, when they slowly dredge along with a noisy guitar idea the same way you’d grumpily carry a heavy bag into town and back.
Finally, the record permeates the band’s penchant for ambience, a darkness cast over “Sodom & Gomorrah” via droning vocals that recall La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela just holding on to their voices -- it soon gives way, however, to the usual thumb of doom, feedback throwing a cloak over the joint taskforce of slow drums and chords. As far as Gnod goes, it’s not the most interesting ending to a rather simple EP, but it’s a good palette cleanser for an angry band who here sort of exist in the distance.
Check your download code for a Raikes Parade remix... [I focus a flashlight on my withered face] if you dare.
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