GOD­SIZED

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UK riff-wield­ers re­form for a friend in need

WHILE MANY BAND

re­for­ma­tions are con­cocted as cyn­i­cally minded af­fairs, there is ab­so­lutely no doubt­ing the au­then­tic­ity for tonight’s one-off ref­or­ma­tion of God­sized. With one of the band’s former crew mem­ber’s wife suf­fer­ing with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, all pro­ceeds from tonight’s show are go­ing to a fam­ily very much de­serv­ing of it. While the rea­sons we are all here are clearly wor­thy, can a band who have not played live to­gether in some time hold the at­ten­tion for a mam­moth two and a half hours over the course of two sets? In short, yes, they can, but it’s a lit­tle more com­plex than that.

The first half tonight, where God­sized play their 2015 Heavy Lies The Crown al­bum in its en­tirety, is per­fectly en­joy­able. Songs like Fade are catchy enough in a Black la­bel So­ci­ety-es­que South­ern riffs-meets-Soundgar­den­style alt-rock kind of way, but the set never re­ally raises it­self above be­ing per­func­tory. The band reap­pear with dif­fer­ent former mem­bers on gui­tar and drums, which gives God­sized a jet-fu­elled rocket up their back­sides.

Not only do they sound tighter, heav­ier and more con­fi­dent, but the crowd are now ab­so­lutely los­ing their shit, to the point where, al­though in the scheme of the evening it’s fairly im­ma­te­rial, you won­der why God­sized didn’t get more recog­ni­tion within the clas­sic rock scene the first time of ask­ing. Ul­ti­mately, though, even though the band prove their qual­ity this evening, just the fact that peo­ple are here tonight is a tri­umph for the spirit of metal and its com­mu­nity.

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