20 Jul 2024
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Government Pest - EP Review: Vol. 3

05 Jun 2024 // A review by Kerry MB

Formed from the ashes of local bands, Hellborne and Wall of Silents to name a few, Government Pest have been on the scene since 2014 and have never failed to amaze fans with their solid metal offerings and swag of albums over the years.

2024 is no different and they’re back again with a new EP, Vol. 3.

With their metal sound and some punk overtones, Vol. 3 is quite the beast of driving riffs and ferocity, but it never gets obnoxious. It’s just enough to whet the appetite.

Vol. 3 has five tracks that are equally heavy and melodic, showing off Government Pest's penchant for strong lyricism and musicianship. No strangers to a good riff, there is plenty on offer here. Raising Hell for example has a crunchy intro with a great tempo throughout.

Vocally, I feel at times it falls a little flat from Kristov Raven (vocals/guitar) and Murray Shaw (bass/vocals). While still incredibly catchy, I was hoping for something a little dynamic like their previous albums to give it more life. However, with three albums under their belt (starting from 2003), it serves as a reminder of where Government Pest are on their journey, and Vol.3 still serves as a strong EP overall.

The Field of Fire is a great example of their journey, as they continue to serve great music. Those riffs hook you in, and it’s damn catchy. I’d love to hear some tempo changes, maybe a solo here and there, but it still sounds like a great crowd pleaser, and you know everyone will be leaving happy.

Vol. 3 is a solid EP for Government Pest. I have no doubt that their onstage performances go off like no other, and perhaps that’s where the magic really lies with this EP.

 

About Government Pest

Kristov recorded the album Hostile takeover with Rob from Project: Blood doing vocals back in 2003 under the name Government Pest.

After the end of local bands Hellborne, Wall of Silents, Neckstretchers and Bloodspray for Politics and more. Goverment Pest was brought back to life with Kristov playing guitar and doing vocals, Murray Shaw playing bass, and Aaron Sanko playing drums.

They played their first show on Friday 31st October 2014 at The Slavefest Halloween Party 2014. Since then they have played a number of shows and recorded their first album in March 2016.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Government Pest

Releases

Vol. 3
Year: 2024
Type: EP
Disengage
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Government Pest
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Hostile Takeover
Year: 2003
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Kerry MB

Thousand Limbs - Album Review: The Aurochs
16 Jul 2024 // by Kerry MB
Thousand Limbs has been on the scene now for a few years (since 2016) and have gained quite the following since, for their powerhouse of instrumental metal. Now, if you are also a fan of Kerretta and Nine Inch Nails then Thousand Limbs will be right up your alley.
Read More...
Crowded House - Album Review: Gravity Stairs
10 Jun 2024 // by Kerry MB
In a moment we’ve all been waiting for, Crowded House, who need no introduction have released their new album, Gravity Stairs. It’s only been a little over two years since their last offering, Dreamers Are Waiting (2021) and it seems fans just can’t get enough.
Read More...
PARK RD - Album Review The Novel
23 May 2024 // by Kerry MB
It’s easy to see why Auckland five-piece, PARK RD is making some noise, figuratively and literally with their debut album, The Novel. Heavy on the indie, but far from light with solid guitar riffs and pop and funk sensibilities, PARK RD are a great example of solid musicianship.
Read More...
Bad Schematics - Album Review: C O L L I D E
01 May 2024 // by Kerry MB
Manawatu might seem one of the unlikeliest places to find some damn good alt-rock pop punk, even more so when you add elements of metal, but stranger things have happened and I’m here to tell you it’s true, and their name is Bad Schematics. Not a name that may be familiar (yet), but they are a pretty determined bunch, having released their debut EP, Keep Your Gods in a flurry of a few short weeks, in 2023.
Read More...
Matt Hay - Album Review: Dog and Pony Show
02 Apr 2024 // by Kerry MB
Matt Hay may not be a name you’re familiar with yet. Well, better late than never.
Read More...
Gig Review: Stretch To Mould @ The Welsh Dragon, Wellington - 30/03/2024
31 Mar 2024 // by Kerry MB
The building once described as Wellington’s ‘fondest inconvenient convenience in the land’ by one commentator, The Welsh Dragon Bar (and Scorpio’s Restaurant) has been known as a few different things throughout it’s nearly 100-year history. From the original public convenience for Wellingtonians and its tramways employees and passengers when it was first built in 1928, to a theatre prop space, tea house and café, and for many years now, a unique but tiny Taj Mahal looking music venue, in the middle of the road on Cambridge Terrace.
Read More...
Midwave Breaks - EP Review: Standing Inside Out
24 Mar 2024 // by Kerry MB
Midwave Breaks. The Tauranga duo that has what feels like a boundless creative energy, while also fitting in an impressive touring schedule that is here, there and everywhere.
Read More...
Album Review: The Transits
13 Feb 2024 // by Kerry MB
The Transits self-titled debut album is a result of 3 talented musicians who sucker punch with passion, creativity and consistency, and that’s just the opening track. With members across two countries (Dom Antelme (vocals, bass) and Tyrone Smith (drums) from Auckland, New Zealand and Ryan Lunn (vocals, guitars, synths) in Durban, South Africa, respectively.
Read More...
View All Articles By Kerry MB
SELECT artists.ID as artist_id, artists.Name, sum(artists_stats.Count) as hitcount FROM artists, artists_stats WHERE artists_stats.Date > ('2024-07-19' - INTERVAL 14 DAY)-0 AND artists.ID = artists_stats.AID AND artists.Enabled = 'y' AND artists.Deleted = 'n' GROUP BY artists_stats.AID ORDER BY hitcount DESC, Name LIMIT 10

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • NOT LIKE US
    Kendrick Lamar
  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER
    Billie Eilish
  • MILLION DOLLAR BABY
    Tommy Richman
  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • HOUDINI
    Eminem
  • A BAR SONG (TIPSY)
    Shaboozey
  • ESPRESSO
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • LOSE CONTROL
    Teddy Swims
  • TOO SWEET
    Hozier
  • GOOD LUCK, BABE!
    Chappell Roan
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem