GODHEAD MACHINERY – OUROBOROS (Inverse Records)
Yaaaay! Another Swedish black metal band!
So I’m going to tell you a story. Way back in November of 1993, I had a paper route. And, when you’re a kid, you WANT to make some cash, but you’re not really a fan of the whole work thing. So, on one fateful November afternoon, I was having my daily fight with my then stepmother, who was shall we say pure evil locked up inside a skin sack. It was a bad one. And it was because of this giant huge fight that I wound up starting my paper route very late, something like 5:00 in the evening. November in Wisconsin can get pretty dark. So I left late, I was fuckin’ pissed off,and I went about my business.
One of my stops was this company called Advo. You know those “have you seen me” papers we used to get in the mail? That’s Advo. Anyway, so I was just leaving Advo, and there was this sort of grassy knoll (yes I know what a knoll is, look it up) in front of the company which I would walk up, and then cross the street. There wasn’t a stop light near that block back then.
Next thing I knew, I was waking up on the street, with people huddled around me. I had no memory of what had happened. When someone told me I’d been struck by a car and I was lucky to be alive (the damned thing was going close to 50 mph), I became very scared. Then my stepmother shows up and starts – I’m not even kidding – YELLING at me for scaring her and making her leave the house while she was cooking dinner. So not only am I scared shitless right now and worried that I’ll never walk again, but now I’m angry all over again!
I did get to walking again pretty quickly and wound up spending a lot of time in physical therapy. And because of all this, I got to use my school’s elevator for the rest of the year – something reserved for handicapped students and teachers. You actually need a key for this thing! Pretty cool! Fast forward to a couple weeks before I enlisted in the US Army. I had been in contact with a certain person for awhile after I had transferred out of that school and two weeks before I left for the Army, I met up with her at the school. Long story short, I had sex with my freshmen English teacher in that elevator. It was fucking awesome.
That’s how I feel about GODHEAD MACHINERY‘s new album OUROBOROS. Yup, I just compared a black metal album to one of the worst and consequently, the best events in my life.
When I plugged it in to ol’ Winamp, I got angry and then scared, and then fucking happy as hell that there’s actually a band out of Sweden that stands out from the VERY large crowd of black metal bands. These days, picking a Swedish band is like picking tomatoes at the store – they’re all about the same, so you don’t spend a whole lot of time on it. Not the case with OUROBOROS and I was very pleased.
Ourboros starts off with a nice creepy instrumental and then kicks it into high gear with a serious mission to piss off those pesky religious folks, which is always a good time. It has some very beautiful moments followed by some serious metal, and it never solidly corresponds to any particular subgenre of black or death metal, which for me, is very cool. There’s even a TRUMPET crammed in there! The mix is great, the songs are better, and the overall anger rating is high.
Ourboros will make you want to punch your stepmother straight in the gullet; it’s loud, it’s angry, and it’s original. What’s also incredibly interesting about Godhead Machinery is, with an album this solid, you’d never think that they’ve only been around for 19 months!
Ouroboros drops September 29th, 2017. Grab it and punch your stepmother.
FFO: Venom, Opeth, Dimmu Borgir
Robert “Kail” Karlsson – Guitar and Vocals
Fredrik Blomqvist – Guitar
Daniel Forsberg – Bass
Marcus “Somliga” Andersson – Drums
Bloodrock Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 axes
Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media on July 26, 2017
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