Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ghoul

Ghoul
Dungeon Bastards
Tankcrimes
Release: 29 July 2016
People with no sense of humor should stay away from this band. Call it moronic or stupid or whatever, but they don't care, they just keep thrashing about monsters and goblins and death and whatever else strikes their fancy as funny topic for lyrics.
Do you know what is not funny? The music. This is music for banging your head or moshing or for tapping along or nodding along or whatever you like to do. They have a reputation of being a joke band, and sometimes they have sounded like it, but in 2016 the music is tight and these old fogies make no secret of their favorite sounds: classic Exodus and classic Carcass. Big thrashing riffs and Gary Holt-approved gang shouted vocals, growling in the low Bill Steer and high Jeff Walker styles from the grind/death metal era of Carcass. They say that they like hardcore and punk, but they are too talented and come across as a perfect band at the intersection of 80s thrash and late 80s/early 90s death metal.
It is impossible to dislike these sounds if you are into both thrash and death metal, and you don't mind or you do enjoy ridiculous gore/horror lyrics.
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OFFICIAL: Creepsylvania’s favorite hooded, cannibal splatterthrashers, GHOUL, recently unleashed their fifth studio album this. Fittingly titled Dungeon Bastards, the eleven-track audio abduction was recorded and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, California, mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco, California, and comes adorned in the ghoulightful graphics of Mark W. Richards of Heavy Hand Illustration (Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Toke, Black Fast). With Dungeon Bastards, the metal punk maniaxe in GHOUL will rip your flesh with speed and riffs… before eating it.
Utters Mass Movement of GHOUL’s latest masterwork, “Infused with the savage technicality of thrash behemoths and legendary crossover beasts such as Blind Illusion and Attitude, the energy and power of early Death and Sodom and the morbid humours of GWAR, GHOUL’s lifelong mission has taken another crucial step toward world domination. Thrashing time is here…“ In a 5/5 score Skulls ‘N’ Bones points out, “Yes, GHOUL has a humorous appearance and slant on their music, but don’t let that fool you. These guys write some seriously good metal and can back everything up with solid musicianship to boot.” Metal Reviews concurs in an 85/100 rating, “With so many gimmicks, it would seem surprising at first glance that GHOUL has continued for this long, but those gimmicks, and the not-so-secret identities of the band members, are just window dressing that covers music that can stand on its own merits. Dungeon Bastards continues GHOUL‘s policy of high quality with a blast of noise that will leave fans wishing for more than ten tracks.” Ave Noctum crowns Dungeon Bastards, “the best thing GHOUL has put out to date.” In Decibel’s For Those About to Squawk column, Waldo awards the record, “7 Fucking Pecks,” noting, “The production here is crisp and choppy and adds to the fun of this release… add in the sing-a-long choruses and you have a pretty beaking cool release.” Concludes Riot Nerd, “GHOUL’s live antics and theatrical presentation may get kids through the door and asses in the seats (hell, it certainly got my attention), but on Dungeon Bastards they prove themselves the best of the best of the red food coloring and corn syrup set, with the deft musicianship and songwriting chops to take on anyone, masked, facepainted, or otherwise. Stalwart Creepsylvanians take heed, there’s about to be a population boom. Haters, doubters, trolls, and lurkers won’t be able to deny the ‘naked, merciless force’ of Dungeon Bastards, and GHOUL have earned every single new blood soaked fist in the air.” GHOUL’s Dungeon Bastards reared its mutinous head from the subterranean bowls of Creepsylvania on July 29th, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats courtesy of the sound assassins at Tankcrimes Records.
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