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EP Review: Godzilla Takes New York

08 Feb 2017 // A review by butch181


Many a famous star has said that Rock and Metal are dead, but releases like this are capable of reigniting that flame of passion. Godzilla Takes New York is an Auckland metalcore quintet, which despite having the common band arrangement (rhythm, lead, bass, drums, and vocals), their sound has a refreshing zeal.

Godzilla Takes New York has an intense amalgamation of drudging rhythm with refined clean lead riffs; a style that is mirrored in the vocals. The lead guitar incorporates styles reminiscent of bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Trivium and Slipknot, combined with vocals creating a comparable sound to Bullet for my Valentine’s 2008 Scream Aim Fire album; although this EP come across heavier, more substantial, and with a far superior lyrical quality. The six-track release has a number of influences, with hints of such ensembles as Sevendust, 8 Foot Sativa, and Fall Out Boy (in the case of the final track at least).

The group have chosen a unique direction for their music, drawing inspiration in lyrical content from pop-culture references. There was a pang of nostalgia and recognition when looking at the titles, though the meaning behind them are easily searchable on the internet for those that can’t place them. The opening track, titled “Empire”, sets the tone well with a gentle acoustic rendition of one of the well-known musical pieces from arguably the most successful film series of all time. Seamlessly transitioning from soft ballad to arena anthem, Godzilla Takes New York use a combination of heavy guttural growls and clean vocals, to create harmonies and discord as necessary. Each song has a progression, with the tracks maintaining a fast tempo held together by the double-kick, with abundant diversity in phrases to keep your interest over numerous listens. These tracks provide a simple beat that everyone can enjoy; metal that you don’t need a knowledge of maths to be able to mosh to.

As is expected of metalcore, the EP has rather basic time signatures, with frequent, measured, powerful breakdowns that stir the body at its natural rhythm.  “A Death in the Family” is the track that has my full appreciation with a nod to Gotham’s “Dark Knight” and his nemesis, recognising the characters through a great contrast between the dark & brooding, and the almost maniacal clean vocal styles.

A solid release from such a young group, and I wait with bated breath for new material.

About Godzilla Takes New York

Godzilla Takes New York formed at the end of 2016 by a group of pop-culture loving pop-punk musicians looking to reconnect with the metal they grew up with. They incorporate elements of early 2000's metalcore, deathcore and groove metal, with lyrics revolving around iconic movies and their pop-culture offshoots.

Their self-titled debut EP will be released on February 4th, 2017.


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Godzilla Takes New York
Year: 2017
Type: EP

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