We have UK exclusive on this pressing of 300 copies of Gnod's incendiary live set at Roadburn in 2017. The Manchester collective were artists in residence at the festival and this is one of four shows they played. Consisting of two near twenty minute side long jams, their inventive nihilistic first set that day has been recorded onto wax and exclusively mixed by none other than Andrew Liles. Be quick. These won't be around long.
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Counterpoint: why don’t you be aware of how many records you’re releasing? This is all a bit much, my dudes, and if you want your records to land with their usual doomsaying crush, you gotta give us time to digest. The Grateful Gnod’s latest record is a recording of their 2017 Roadburn set, offering a snapshot of the Netherlands’ greatest metal fete. Having spent much of this year’s Q1 entertaining the idea of going, I’m pretty excited to get a little taste via Gnod’s simmering psychedelic performance; they may not have been the most traditionally m/ of bookings, but their set has a heaviness all of its own.
Maybe heaviness isn’t the word. Maybe it’s nausea. Doing away with the formality of form, the group churn in the abstract, offering whirring electronics and guitar chords that shimmer like a blinding light. Embracing their harsher tendencies, “A Visit to the Doctor” free-falls into feedback and blasted chords before finishing with radio static emanating from a church choir stall. It’s a racket, but when isn’t it with these ones?
Those who like their Gnod with a hefty bout of hand-wringing sermon will be happy to know “Protect Yourself or Suffer Later” is one of their spoken word treatises, its chainsaw sonics and overwhelmingly stark noises setting the scene for the band to warn people against the dangers and symptoms of tinnitus. If any band’s gonna save our ears, it’s Gnod them, but I appreciate the sentiment -- I choose to take them seriously even if their nonsensical storm of sound advises I shouldn’t. Grab this one quick if you want it.
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