Saturday 30 May 2015

Greece's Godsleep release debut

Godsleep hail from Athens, Greece and have been peddling their brand of stoner/psych around venues in Greece and the rest of Europe for a while now. After honing their chops on the road it was decided the time was right to go into the studio and record an album, and what an album it is!
Thousand Sons of Sleep is not just another album  of stoner rock riffery, there is much, much more going on here. Right from the off with opening track "The Call" you know you are listening to something a little bit special. The first thing you notice is the quality of the production, crisp, deep and warm yet not losing any of the grittiness that us lovers of this genre crave for in our music. The next thing you notice is the strength of musicianship in this band, yeah these guys can pin you to a wall with their riffs and rhythms but they can also chill you out with moments of lysergic beauty that lull you into a false sense of security...well until the next sonic assault pushes back to the wall.
Vocals are raw, powerful and delivered with throaty passion but can also drop down to croaky croon in quieter passages and in both dynamics work perfectly with the sound being created. Guitar solo's swoop an swirl inbetween riffs and the rhythm section hold it all together with slinky bass lines and drums that sway between John Bonham style rock barrage and Elvin Jones  jazziness.

Greece is fast becoming a country renowned for good "underground" music with bands such as Nightstalker, Half Gramme of Soma  and Planet of Zeus leading the way....well for my money you can now add Godsleep to that list.




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