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Gabriel and the Apocalypse - Alpha Bionic

Gabriel and the Apocalpyse
Alpha Bionic
by Crisstopher Robyn at 20 May 2019, 6:25 PM

Hailing from the colorful and music inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota comes the unique blend of Metal/Rock/Industrial that is GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE. The band delivers a fierce yet beautiful array of female fronted aggression that will give their predecessors a run for their money. The brainchild of vocalist Lindy Gabriel, GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE have independently put out two releases which were backed by numerous national support tours around the United States. Their intense and professional styled videos have paved the way for the group to become an underground sensation. In 2016 the band signed with Pavement Entertainment and released “THE GHOST PARADE” in October of that year. Launched with several videos and singles, the album was met with extreme success at radio, press, and video outlets worldwide. Hailed as “Visually Stunning”, each video has gained major airplay and views on all formats. This success was also propelled with GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE committing to non-stop touring of the U.S. along-side many national acts, as well as, successful headlining stints. After wrapping up almost 18 months of touring, the band entered the studio in the fall of 2018 to complete the follow up album to “The Ghost Parade”. The band’s newest creation, “Alpha Bionic,” was released in April 12, 2019. The full length album features a new look and sound for the band.  To kick off the promotion of “Alpha Bionic” the band will be hitting the road for a full scale U.S. tour.

Sonic Bionic” is the second track and begins with some thumping synth work. It sets an unsuspecting intro-verse before the guitars come crashing in on your ears. Lindy Gabriel’s vocals are freaky good and add to the eerie atmosphere the song produces. “Electro-Mechanical” follows and it begins the same with the synth setting to mood. The vocals really take the song to an upper level here. Lindy shows her range as she hits some highs but her harmonics are the star of the song. “pointTHREE” is a very strange sounding song and I mean that in the best possible way. The elements of the song itself reminds me of PSYCLONE 9. The song uses more harmonics than melodies and the vocals again fit the mood of the song. The darkness of this one just pulls you in one note at a time.

Counting Scars” is a very throbbing song in which the synth and bass seem to take over. The vocals are on par with Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT, and the song could be easily mistaken for them. It is more upbeat than most songs so far. It has this poppy beat that makes you want to dance but its heavy enough to make bang your head. I am going to stop at the seventh song of the album, even though there are three bad-ass, heavy, and very dark songs left. “Bleed Me An Ocean” just hits me right in the feels. The emotion that flows through this one is almost barbaric. The band sets this beautiful yet dark aura throughout the entire song. When Lindy sings the chorus, the harmonization is too perfect. The guitar solo is pretty damn good too.

GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE are a surprise waiting to be heard. The band can take simple riffs and add atmospheric elements to make some very beautifully dark music. They have this Industrial feel but have the theatrics of MARILYN MANSON in their videos, the harmonics of IN THIS MOMENT, and the darkness of PYSCLONE 9. Their talent to take so many elements and blend them into great music is uncanny.  If you haven’t taken a listen to this band, you are missing out on an experience.


 Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 10



4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Systematic Chaos
2. Sonic Bionic
3. Electro-Mechanical
4. Cellophane Nation
5. pointTHREE
6. Counting Scars
7. Bleed Me An Ocean
8. Beds Are Burning
9. Transcend
10. Disgraceful Bliss

Lineup:
Lindy Gabriel – Vocals
Jake LaCore – Guitar
Figgles McGee – Synths/Samples
Joey Connelly – Guitar
Zach – Williams – Drums
Will Reisdorf – Bass

Record Label: Pavement Entertainment
     


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