Saturday, 17 January 2015
Gas Chamber - Hemorrhaging Light
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre: Powerviolence, Hardcore
For Fans Of: Gasp, Column Of Heaven, Iron Lung, Suffering Luna, The Endless Blockade, Pink Floyd, Cyclops
Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Gas Chamber are a band I've seen more than a few people call one of the most unique hardcore/powerviolence bands around currently. Hemorrhaging Light is such a dizzying mish-mash of styles and genres, of wildly varying kinds it's really hard to try and pin a label on them or make a valid comparison.
Much like Man Is The Bastard, Suffering Luna or Gasp, Gas Chamber combine aggressive hardcore with noisy interludes, ambience whilst including nods to prog-rock, classic rock, jazz and experimental music. The sudden transitions from blastbeats to melodic, proggy basslines and grandiose guitar solos are often jarring and unexpected, but executed fantastically and in a way that never interrupts the flow of the album. It's almost as if a group of classically trained musicians decided to fuse their musical chops with the members of a hardcore band. It shouldn't work - but it does.
If, like me, you've grown very weary of anything labelled 'powerviolence' and need something to rekindle your love and restore your hope for the genre - I strongly suggest listening to this.
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