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Gonemage – Sudden Deluge

Gonemage
Sudden Deluge
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 31 October 2021, 8:31 AM

“Sudden Deluge” is a continuation to “Mystical Extraction's” story. Galimgim assumes the role of The Curator of an unnamed dream realm while developing an overzealous attachment to the power and allure of the paintbrush given to him. With the brush, he tries to create companionship and adventure through the summoning of pixelated creatures (animals, faeries, humans) but these manifestations have a short shelf life in these particular dream realms due to their mortal imprint. He feverishly continues to create them for the time being in order to help him stop the elusive and conniving Dust Merchant and in hope to aid his search for the original Curator across other realms. The album contains ten tracks.

“Shifted” leads us off. It’s a brief instrumental of odd and dissonant elements, with some really abarrent tones. “Paraselene” begins with bass guitar dominance and weird, unorthodox sounds. I’m not even sure I would call this Metal, if it wasn’t for the undertone of heaviness, especially in the dual vocal approach. Some 80’s Pop tones even come through for me, especially in the keys. “Sulk Sheets” is another short song packed with energy and melody, though again, it is strange, in every sense of that word. “Gumubuland Na Alon” is a little slower moving. Again, those harsh vocals are nearly the one thing that ties this album to Black Metal…there are Alternative, Indie and even Punk approaches used here.

“No Corpse Found, Just a Spirit” is a bit more harrowing. The vocals echo in the background, with bass guitar leading the way…though to where I am not sure. 80’s Pop comes through here in the “video game” keyboard parts, and the drummer pounds away on the skins. “Prisoner of a Gaudy and Unlivable Present” about sums up what we are listening to here. The guitars harken back to the 60’s with their surfer type approach, and the bass and drums sound almost neo-punk. The vocals present nice harmonies in the chorus, with more of those video game keys. “Wisteria Sights (Pushed to Extreme Delights)” begins to fall on the trippy side of music a bit more. Perhaps the composer was really high when he wrote this…for this is the only reason I can explain the music.

“Pixel Expedition” is much more in line with the Metal music genre…here Black Metal elements come through a bit stronger, especially in the wall of guitars and vocals. But weird xylophones also pepper the song…a strange combination indeed. “Delirium” is the longest on the album, at over five minutes. More of those trippy elements come into play, along with frenzied guitars, drums and vocals. Although he is quite adept at the bass guitar, the other instruments are just an eerie connection. “Scrying (by Lunar Cult)” closes the album. It’s a slow, depressed closer, with dungeon synth type sounds.

The album is as strange as the song titles, and I am still unsure what I stumbled upon here. One thing is for sure…Galimgim is a strong at creating unique and spooky music, with an undertone of 80’s Synth and Pop. But is this mad scientist for real, or is this tongue-in-cheek music? This is clearly one of the oddest albums you will hear this year, and save for that alone, I’m not sure what audience this might appeal to. As a reviewer, it is my job to evaluate that, and I’m just not sure what to make of this. Enter at your own risk.

Songwriting: 3
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 3
Production: 7

Purchase Link:

https://gonemage.bandcamp.com/album/sudden-deluge

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Shifted
2. Paraselene
3. Sulk Sheets
4. Gumubulang Na Alon
5. No Corpse Found, Just a Spirit
6. Prisoner of a Gaudy and Unlivable Present
7. Wisteria Sights (Pushed to Extreme Delights)
8. Pixel Expedition
9. Delirium
10. Scrying (by Lunar Cult)
Lineup:
Galimgim - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Synths, Sampling, Engineering
Record Label: Xenoglossy Productions
     


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