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GOREGAST
GOREGAST
Covered In Skin
(F.D.A. Records)
10:56min

At just under 11 minutes, "Covered In Skin" seems like it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It is an interesting lesson in the time continuum that keeps you both engaged and befuddled as to how much has happened within one song. Consistent with their other releases, the tracks are riddled with tempo changes, most of which are rather unpredictable and quite different from one another varying from the elaborate to the more simplified. Dissonant guitars start off the EP's namesake track and lead into thunderous war drums before descending into a thrashy almost Crust inspired verse that showcases a chugging sprint before any blast beats are introduced. To log all of these tempo changes would be a laundry list of styles one after another sort of like how a panicked child tries to tell you everything that happened during recess. Each parts melts together and climaxes within its own bite-sized portion in such a way that you almost can't remember the segment that preceded it. It is an amnesia that comes not just with natural transitions, but due to the force of each of its stages; these are auditory moments expanding and outgrowing themselves in a matter of seconds and shedding them one at a time. Perhaps I am reading too much into the namesake 'Covered In Skin' or perhaps the title is right on point. 'Mindcreeper' is also aptly named as it is a bit groovier and permissive for you to grab a hold of it and hang on for a while. It appears to be going for a more cohesive sound throughout offering more cyclical changes in tempo than the former track. Both songs are rather layered, however, creating a big sound that is never relegated to one genre or another. While there are definite Death Metal influences, it is not the extent of their sound and it is quite quizzical that 11 minutes of music can embody so many moods and aural experiences. There is definitely something to be said for their efficiency and physics-bending largeness. But don't take my word for it, shave 11 minutes off of your rigorous youtube watching schedule and see for yourself. www.facebook.com/goregast, www.fda-records.com

Angelica Jannone

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