‘The Great Reclamation’ EP, Release Date Summer 2017
To get my hands on this EP, I probably kicked up more of a fuss than I usually would, but that’s only because I, along with many others have been anticipating the release of this EP for sometime now. I knew at Beermageddon last year, that this EP was on the cards, it was also mentioned then that legendary producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) would be taking the reins to produce it. These two prospects are enough to get anyone excited, me more so than most!
To bring this EP to fruition, the band embarked on a pledge campaign, unquestionably, they smashed their initial target within two hours, which is incredible really. That campaign is still ongoing (but be quick), if you want to get involved and feel a part of making something truly unique happen and in return, you will get something equally epic, in return. Follow this link and head on over to the bands Pledge page.
It’s worth visiting the above link, if only for the literature that accompanies this EP and the pledge, for instance, check out the paragraph labelled ‘Concept’ that’s some deep stuff right there! It also helps you to understand where the bands heads were at when they penned the lyrics for the songs associated with this EP.
As this is an EP, it only consists of five songs, which is short but very tasty, non the less! I can only assume this is a taster of what we can expect in the future – a new album perhaps, certainly a new direction, maybe even working along side Mr. Russ Russell again? Yes, this EP was both recorded and produced by the man himself, at his Parlour Recording Studios.
After speaking with Topher recently, I’m aware of his love of classical music, believe it or not. Let’s face it, the likes of Mozart and Bach paved the way for all music and it’s structure, so if you’re ever going to master music, understanding the instruments and the arrangements they used, would serve you well in any musical genre? I’m probably chatting shit but I can definitely hear classical elements throughout these tracks, I also know both Topher and Scott, within the band produced the instruments that we can hear on this EP. Personally, I’d LOVE to see real musicians play along side the band, if/when they play these tracks live. I’ll accept a backing track, but it would be way cooler to have the instruments accompany the band on stage!
We don’t have to wait too long, to see Gehtika as they are soon to embark on their “The Great Rotten Tour”. The first date on it, has just had a venue change and will now take place at The Cotswold Inn, in Cheltenham on 06.05.17. A further fifteen dates across the UK soon follow, there after. Check out the bands Website and Facebook page for full details.
I’m not going to patronise the band by using a hundred metal puns to describe this new EP, many have already done that, way better than me. I’m also not intelligent enough to pick out what the band are actually playing, but what I will tell you is that this EP further strengthens the band and their musical progression, which is clearly evident from their previous releases. Anyone who knows anything about music, would probably tell you, these guys are extremely accomplished musicians who opt for creating music that is very technical in their chosen genre of blackened death metal. Whilst they maintain their core sound, mostly thanks to the blistering death growls, from the bands lead vocalist Anthony, the inclusion of these emotive orchestral compositions, sees Gehtika entering into new realms alongside powerful bands like ‘Fleshgod Apocalypse’, who we love!
In my opinion, no one says it better than the band themselves… so I quote “Delivering our most comprehensive release to date, The Great Reclamation offers everything from blistering, raging pace & brutality to epic & emotive orchestral compositions, all of which take you on a journey through our dark cautionary tale.”
EP Track listing is as follow;
1.Existence or Oblivion 2.Beneath the Catacombs 3.The Great Reclamation 4.The Human Divergence 5.Yggdrasil
Stand out tracks for me on this EP, has to be the title track ‘The Great Reclamation’ as well as Yggdrasil, simply for it’s powerful combination of orchestral metal, as they’ve managed consummate its marriage, perfectly. In other words, they’ve nailed it! The title of this track puzzled me, so naturally, I googled the word and low and behold, it actually means something, interesting. From Old Norse Yggdrasill, (pronounced yg drasil) is an immense mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology. Old Norse was a North Germanic language that was spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and inhabitants of their overseas settlements during about the 9th to 13th centuries.
Although the band have embarked on a Pledge campaign for this EP, they have in fact already paid for it to be produced themselves, which is bloody hard work for any band these days. Knowing the band, relatively well, I know they love their fans, so this was more of a way of offering that little bit extra, rather than just “Here, have a CD” I kinda wished I’d gone for a dinner date, personally, or even the photo shoot, who I can only assume Topher will be conducting, as I know he’s an accomplished photographer as well as a guitar god – is there no end to this bands talents?
Gehtika are one of those bands you have to see live as they are born performers, who deliver an outstanding live show and have done so, every time I’ve seen them. As they grow, so does their stage show, so I can only assume that the creation of the tracks on this new EP, will soon be incorporated into the bands live set and if they can include the orchestral elements within it, this would only strengthen their live performance even further.
Gehtika are a five-piece blackened death metal band from the West Midlands and consists of five ‘spiffing’ top blokes.
Anthony Knight – Vocals
Scott Allen – Guitar
Topher O’Meagher – Guitar
Simon Timms – Bass
Marc Lord – Drums
Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)