Ghold

STOIC

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - DEAN BROWN

CRYPT OF THE WIZ­ARD

DY­NAMIC SLUDGE TRIO CAUSE A DIS­TUR­BANCE ON CON­SE­CRATED GROUND

THE DIS QUIET

PER MEATI NG

Ghold’s new mu­sic is ex­tremely ef­fec­tive. Now more than ever they un­der­stand that a pas­sage of near­si­lence can rat­tle the nerves just as well as a rapid speed in­crease paired with a colos­sal sludge riff. Stoic, Ghold’s lat­est LP and first for record-store-turned-la­bel Crypt Of The Wiz­ard, utilises the quiet/loud dy­namic in the same way a hor­ror sound­track would. For in­stance, Noth­ing Dreamt opens with a de­scend­ing doom fig­ure sway­ing side to side like a drunk­ard down a back al­ley. This leads to a jolt­ing per­cus­sive out­burst as the cryp­tic re­frain, ‘Ad­mit­tance of the wound!’ is bel­lowed re­peat­edly be­fore de­volv­ing to bab­bling shrieks, the mu­sic then turn­ing to a gen­tle pat­ter akin to blood drip­ping on cob­ble­stone. Stoic is con­structed en­tirely out of such stacked, por­ten­tous el­e­ments and is best ex­pe­ri­enced in one un­in­ter­rupted sit­ting. Lis­tened to out of con­text, Blue Robe and Faeder Ure – dark­am­bi­ent segues pur­pose­fully se­quenced to su­ture the other songs to­gether – wouldn’t have the same vis­ceral feel. The lat­ter even evokes the dis­turbed spirit of Bernard Her­rmann’s Hitch­cock scores, al­beit in the con­text of post-Sunn O))) drone. It sets up Skhül V in blood-cur­dling fash­ion, which sounds like Melvins circa Bull­head if the Big Busi­ness boys had jammed on it.

Recorded in Leeds’ Uni­tar­ian Chapel, Stoic ab­sorbs the nat­u­ral am­biance of the 17th-cen­tury build­ing – and surely the pneu­matic rum­ble of Rup­tured Earth (Head In Sand) and in­stru­men­tal wig-out Skhül VI shook a few rats from the rafters. Tom God­dall’s pro­duc­tion is also suit­ably Al­bini-dry, to the point where you can feel the metal­lic heat from the in­stru­ments as Skhül VI’s tur­bu­lent riffs and rhythms cy­cle faster and faster, like a krautrock act with mas­ter­ful tempo con­trol sud­denly struck by a psy­chotic episode.

FOR FANS OF: MELVINS, HAR­VEY MILK, UFO­MAM­MUT

Ghold have laid out their

un­nerv­ing new stall

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