Gunt is another of those bands Iíd heard on the radio before hearing of them and subsequently been asked to review. Little did I know they were a kiwi band. Mixed in with the American thrash, death and metalcore on the stationís playlist you couldnít tell. And perhaps Iím just filthy minded, but a name like Gunt, another word for what some girls call their muffin top, stuck out.
Donít let the intro lull you into a false sense of security. This isnít going to be a laid back, funeral doom metal kind of affair. From Darkness to Deletion is heavier than 8 Foot Sativa, tighter than Cannibal Corpse, and less emotional than Atreyu. The vocals take all the best bits from Brokencyde, the shitmetal, hiphop / metalcore crossover Ė the best bits being only the bree-brees similar to those we hear on track 2: Faceplant. Thanks go out for providing the lyrics.
While these factors make this EP slightly less accessible to the casual metal listener (i.e. those who still think Mudvayne is heavy) it will appeal to die hard fans of Thrash, Metalcore, Death, Melodic and Groove Metal.
I long for the day a wannabe gangster with intermediate literacy shits their pants after buying this CD, mistakenly thinking it was the newest outing from G-UNiT. From Darkness to Deletion certainly isnít for everyone, but if youíre in the market for something hard, fast and heavy and donít mind supporting New Zealand music, then this should be one of your first picks.
I missed the Gunt gig in Palmy. But Iím good like that. I hear it was a hell of a show (NB: When talking about metal bands Hell holds positive connotations). Theyíre still touring at the moment, so if you get the chance, get your ass along. What better time than NZ Music Month. You sit there saying you love music, but unless you get off Facebook and get out there to show your support to these ailing kiwi bands youíll find the music will start to dry up and the good kiwi bands will disappear.
Gunt is a 5 piece metal band based in Hawkes Bay. Since forming in 2005 the bands sound has progressed from a quirky/classic metal sound to a more thrash/death metal style incorporating elements of groove and melodic death metal.