Through the Void, album review.
Having reviewed the bands debut album ‘A Voyage in Solitude’ almost 2 years to the day, I was keen to listen to their latest offering, which is soon to be released to the general public, on all formats. My review, of Garganjua’s first album, can be viewed here, if you’re interested?
As the wife is Christmas shopping and I’ve escaped from a near death experience, having nearly electrocuted myself, thinking the power was off, but when I pulled the live wire out of a plug socket, I was changing, sparks and smoke swiftly followed! My life flashing before my very eyes, I kid you not! Being given the opportunity to fully immerse myself in Gargangua’s latest offering ‘Though The Void’ is indeed a welcomed break, from DIY hell!
Since the band released their first album, they’ve been very busy, indeed. Having spent the best part of 2015, recording their debut, I bet when they released it onto the world, they didn’t anticipate the success that album would have, which it did and deservingly so! 2016 was a very busy year for the band. I managed to catch them twice last year, the first was when they took part in the MTTM’s final, in Leicester, at Uprising, which they won, which awarded them a Bloodstock Festival appearance, then later, at Beermageddon. Between the two performances, I noticed a remarkable difference. Although I was initially blown away by their live show, on our first encounter, I was suitably impressed with how much they’d improved, as a live band, come the time I saw them at Beermageddon. I recall the crowds reaction, on that occasion, it was remarkable, everyone was left in ore of these guys, which had left us all wanting more!
Although the band have appeared quite this year, they have in fact managed to venture out, to the Netherlands, where they were invited to play a show with Brujeria. By all accounts, the band enjoyed this experience, as it would appear they’ve managed to secure a few more shows in Europe, but nothing has been official confirmed, as yet.
As I’m now writing a review for album number 2, I now know why these guys have been locked away, all year. In May, the band ventured back to Skyhammer Studios, where they recorded the first album, to record ‘Through the Void’. Although it’s another 4 track, 13mins per track, epic, as with ‘A Voyage in Solitude’ I can assure you, its every bit as amazing as the first journey we embarked on then and now we get to do it all again, marvellous!
Did you know, an album only has to be 27 minutes long, be classed as such? Thanks for that nugget of knowledge, Gareth!
The opening track, starts things off perfectly, courtesy of some “crushing” riffs and vocals, it’s easy to see why the band settled with the track title ‘Crushing Beneath the Tide’! It soon mellows to a more somber affair, only to liven back up again, purposely invoking thought and, in my opinion, forcing the lister on a journey of both body and mind!
Although I’m a great supporter of this bands music and love both their live performance and their recorded material, nothing compared me for the musical genius, that is the self titled track ‘Through the Void’ my word, crushing doesn’t even come close! Having briefly spoken to Gareth, on messenger, to relay my opinion on this track, he too confirmed this is also the bands favourite track off this new album. So I do have a good ear for music! HAHA! The album is a great body of work, in it’s entirety, but this is my stand out track off this new album and I can see myself adding it to many of my current playlists!
In the bands press kit, which is invaluable, by the way and really helps dumbass reviews, like me out, they state that, collectively the band have tried to push themselves, both creatively and sonically and this is clearly evident on this new album. Take a bow, Garganjua. I can already smell the sweat, permeating at a live show, in the ‘not too distant future’ I hope!
The band will be self releasing this new album, on all formats, but as all music lovers know, the best way to listen to music, at home, is on vinyl. The lads in the band know this, which is why they’ve set up a pledge campaign, to get this album released on vinyl, but to do it, they need us, the fans, to make it happen, as it is a very expensive process! As I’m a true fan of this band and their music, I’ve pledged £25, for the signed version of the album. I just hope the band manage to raise the required funds in time, so I can get my grubby hands on my copy!
Pledge link here http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/garganjuavinylpledge
For me, this Garganjua keep the fires burning, bands like Mastadon sparked back in their Leviathan days. Garganjua have been compared with bands like YOB, who I’ve been listening to a lot, lately. Also, Pallbearer and Ahab!
If you’re a fan of all things tuned low and played, relatively slow, then you are a true fan of the musical genre, that is DOOM and like me, you need this new album in your life!
If you’re new to these guys, get a feel for their sound, by streaming their debut EP and first album, via their Bandcamp page, Garganjua.bandcamp.com