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Godzilla Takes New York – Godzilla Takes New York EP Award winner

Godzilla Takes New York
Godzilla Takes New York EP
by Anton Sanatov at 04 February 2017, 8:01 PM

We are all aware of the monsters beneath our beds, and we also know that one day they may even roam the city streets. Yet despite that knowledge, we keep them fed, for once unleashed their power may take the world by storm.

Destructive forces can often breed creation, and that is why in the Metal world, when we see a roaring juggernaut approach our ivory towers, we do not run, but plug in and enjoy the show. There are many beasts out there, some of them are the stuff of legend whilst others have yet to knock over their first hamlet, and even though you may not have yet heard of GODZILLA TAKES NEW YORK, I have a feeling that they’ll be tearing your town to shreds in no time.

Formed in 2016 the New Zealand Metalcore quintet are far from industry veterans, yet from the sound of their self-titled debut EP you’d think that they’re no strangers to the studio. For those expecting a typical Metalcore offering, this is far from it. Following a scene-setting acoustic intro with hints of Ennio Morricone, “Empire” unfolds into an epic opener that is carried by a relentless march of drums and sharp dynamic guitar riffs. It is immediately noticeable that GODZILLA TAKES NEW YORK choose to forgo overusing the genre’s modern traits in favour of focusing on core Metal values and songsmanship, thus blending a multitude of influences into an intense mixture of Hardcore and 100 Proof Metal.

From the notes of Power Metal that linger in the opening track to the stellar songwriting of “Kedavra” (this EP’s standout offering) and Progressive edges of “Plasma Blast” the band’s sound emanates a maturity not often seen from such a young collective. The songs soar with massive hooks and yet remain grounded with the weight of Hardcore ideals – as is evidenced in the lead single “Caesar” – whilst the extensive lead guitar presence in the form of adventurous arpeggios and massive solos makes this an accessible and interesting record to any Metal enthusiast.

The production on this record is superb; the sound is crisp and expertly mixed without being overproduced, and the record maintains a surprisingly raw texture that further contributes to the credibility of this album. Through all of my attempts at finding a flaw with this work, I honestly couldn’t point out anything substantial. The rhythm section is phenomenal, the guitars are exciting, the songs are solid and the vocals are extremely engaging; and the humorous “The Ballad Of John McClane” is sure to put a smile on your face. For fans of industry standards like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, 36 CRAZYFISTS and LAMB OF GOD this record will be a thundering delight.

Overall – this EP is indeed a monster, and if it is anything to go by then the band has a fine future ahead of them with what is sure to be an entertaining full-length album. A rarity in these times GODZILLA TAKES NEW YORK is a praiseworthy outfit that doesn’t rely on excessive breakdowns but instead commits to cogent songwriting and fine Metal musicianship, and that is where the real power lies.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. Empire
  2. Kedavra (Ft. Georgi Dobriev)
  3. A Death In The Family (Ft. Angel Chang)
  4. Plasma Blast
  5. Caesar (Ft. Jesse Williams)
  6. The Ballad Of John McClane
Lineup:
Josh Pinho - Vocals
Grady Gottler - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tal Brink - Rhythm Guitar, Programming, Backing Vocals
Giacobe Otty - Bass
Keane Gilles – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 30 September 2022
 

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