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GOD - IV - Revelation

GOD
IV - Revelation
by Kevin Lewis at 10 August 2020, 9:11 PM

GOD is an interesting project of unknown origin. Their Facebook page states they are from Israel. This is the fourth in a series of instrumental albums which the band label as “multi-layered Progressive Metal”, but that also has elements of Thrash, Death, Doom and Black metal, as well as ambient sounds and ethereal tones. Self-released on June 1, 2020 through Bandcamp, “IV – Revelation” is listed as a name your price download. It is officially free, but you can donate to the project if you like.

There is a rumor out that the project would like to release over 30 albums, though I am unsure of the precise reason for this. As with many things based on faith, it is likely more will be revealed as we go along. This record has 22 songs, which correlates to the number of chapters in the Book of Revelations. Describing the end times and the Rapture, I approached this album with a bit of trepidation. How would this sound? How could you make something feel like the end of humanity without speaking a single word?

Looking over the list of instruments and the song titles, I was really curious as to what I was going to hear. I’m not really a huge fan on instrumental records. I like a few songs here and there, but typically shy away from entirely non-verbal albums. This was a pleasant surprise. There are definite themes and patterns, but there is nothing truly repetitive about the record. And I can say with certainty that the different songs have different “feels” to them. While listening, I experienced different emotions, none of which were very comfortable.

“Lucifer”, “Hell” and “War” all had me a little angry and even nervous. “Antichrist”, “Abyss” and “Reign” had me feeling a distinct sense of unease. “Judgement” had some very discordant sounds and tones that were full of foreboding. Clocking in at over 1 hour and 43 minutes long, this double CD has a lot to unpack and just as much to offer. Lets’ not think this is all doom and destruction and morbidity. Track 20, “New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem” is an airy, ethereal song that promises new hope.

The fact I felt anxiety and hope, dread and even a little fear is a New Testament (does GOD like puns?) to the skill of the composer. While I cannot say this record makes me feel good after listening to it, I did feel. I am really curious about this project and intend to go back and listen to parts I through III to see how those affect me as well. I hope they do manage to complete their vision. It would be interesting to listen to this all the way through, start to finish one day.

Songwriting:  8
Musicianship:  9
Memorability:  6
Production:  8


4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Revelation
2. Throne
3. Lucifer
4. Hell
5. Beast
6. Humanity’s Number - Six Hundred Threescore And Six
7. 7
8. 144,000
9. Tribulation
10. Repent
11.War
12.False Prophet
13.Antichrist
14.Abyss
15.Messiah
16.Reign
17.Judgement
18.Book Of Life
19.Lake Of Fire – The Second Death
20.New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem
21.Eternity
22.Amen
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UNKNOWN MUSICIAN(S)
Record Label: Independent
     


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