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Godsend – In the Electric Mist

Godsend
In the Electric Mist
by Ricardo “Lebzul” Brenes at 02 March 2021, 6:43 PM

It is always cool to review re-releases, no matter if they are remixed, remastered or whatever, most of the time these albums are re-released because they are killer albums or because different things were brought into the metal world of sound through them, people look after them. Some of these records remain misunderstood or because they were so “ahead of their time” when they first came out. In most cases, in order to understand an album from 26 years ago, you have to see yourself and the world as it was 26 years ago, for those of us who were in our teens or early 20’s the memories are unforgettable, because they still were of amazement and discovery, nowadays what we see often is either the repetition or the evolution result of these records. Perhaps, and just perhaps, this is the case with “In the Electric Mist”, a classic Doom Metal album, now being re-released by Petrichor.

GODSEND became famous not just because of their music, but, because of the involvement of Dan Swäno in the band. They created a quite unique mixture of styles, with a predominant Doom sound the style variants are most present on the album, ranging from groovy Stoner Rock songs to the real slow and down-tuned, distorted sound of Doom Metal yet, without much fuzz. Vocals are quite fitting most of the time but I honestly felt back then and still now that this album was too undefined, a strange mixture of too many experiments, and that it deserved some more intensity, especially on vocals.

Going back on looking at releases under a different perspective years after you may not be as radical as you may have been before, because you can see how something that was done then has evolved into something much greater and in fact, of your liking. There are a few songs on this album and hated, and would skip them every time, now I hear Post-Rock (a style recently born back then), Progressive Rock, and so many other elements in this record and understand them in a way that creates no discomfort at all, and that’s where you realize the greatness of those misunderstood or unappreciated gems that are now rediscovered under a different scope. I must admit, there are still songs on this record I will still skip, but some others will surely be on my playlist now.

Radical Doom Metal fans may still not appreciate this album in its entirety, but those who like to search deep within the music will find themselves in a journey of rediscovery and surprise. The great influence albums as diverse and interesting to analyze as this one has on the sound of today is huge. My personal favorites are the songs more into a Doom Metal sound, slow pace and sad vocals “Under Silver Linings”, “Tranquility”, “In the Bitter Waters” and “Thoughts and Shadows”. From the mellower tunes I personally enjoyed “Clarion Call”.

I believe it has been a good decision by Petrichor to re-release GODSEND’s material. They were a pioneering band in many senses, and they created some great music while combining and blending different elements and techniques. A collector’s item, no doubt.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Retribution
2. Anti Body
3. Tornado of Blood
4. Buried
5. Oculus Rot
6. Leech
7. Splintered
8. Paradise
9. Tenebrous Worm
Lineup:
Per Morten Kjöl – Vocals
Gunder Audun Dragsten – Guitars
Tom Wahl – Guitars
Tommy Sebastian Halseth – Bass
Henrik Pettersen – Drums
Dan Swäno – Synthetizers, Percussion
Record Label: Petrichor
     


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Edited 11 April 2021
 

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