Gandhi’s Gunn – Thirtyeahs …   Leave a comment

Why is it that lately, I’ve come across two good stoner/hard rock bands with their titles having something to do with firearms (the other is Gentlemans Pistols)? Oh well.  Not that THAT little tidbit has any bearing on how awesome the album “Thirtyeahs” is, so, let’s get on with it.

      Gandhi’s Gunn is an Italian stoner metal (or a very heavy stoner rock) band, who put this piece of work out in 2010.  What separates them from their peers is that they have an important secret weapon at their disposal: they’re immersive and hypnotic, neither of which is due to any psychedelic elements whatsoever, in fact, if anything, they use doom more often than psychedelic.  The band manages to achieve these two qualities just by having a general texture to their music that is shaped like itself and nothing else.  They retain a sense of continuity by having a singular riff or mood present in some shape or form throughout every song.  And the riffs, they are colossal, they’re larger-than-life, but not necessarily in-your-face.  They retain the perfect balance between being on the forefront and setting the mood.  Add audible, action-packed but rather standard (when compared to what we are usually used to) bass, thundering, dynamic drumming and nice, raw vocals that never feel the need to branch into growler territory, and you have a winning deal.  Polish it off with good solos throughout, and the monolith of a piece “A Night So Long” and you have Gandhi’s Gunn.  Oh, and the vocals sound somewhat like Devin Townsend’s more metal singing, go figure.

      Track-by-track, there is a little muddling during the middle however.  The tracks stack up too much at one point, and due to the aforementioned hypnotic effect, you can get lost as to which track you’re on.  But, in all cases, the album kicks off with the aptly-named stomper, “Overhanging Rock”, which sounds like the rock used to hang overhead, but now is crashing.  It’s followed up with the hard-hitting, stoner-doomish “Going Slow” that shifts the main guitar riff to bass whenever it has a glossed post-rock moment, which is brilliant.  Then comes “Man of Wisdom”, a little-less-but-still-quite-stoner-doomy track that is filled to the brim with curveballs: post-rock opening, stoner solos, thundering riffs, bittersweet mood.  Of course then, pure-blood stomper “23 Bodies” kicks off with a bang, dispelling the somber mood and driving the album onwards.  It’s easily one of the hardest rocking songs on this album, and also the shortest.

      However, the album doesn’t return to moody songs, which, to one who likes his music quite moody, is a bit of a downside.  I mean, “Club Silencio” follows with antics that wouldn’t look out of place in a Devin Townsend album.  I returned to that point specifically to say, it’s one of the weaker tracks on here.  Oh, it’s good in all the right places, has this sludge-like groove going, but considering what comes after is so completely off the rails, it could have been a bit better. Because next comes, “Lee Van Clef”, a (I kid you not) Spaghetti Western song.  It’s got this amazing bluesy bass line, nice, galloping guitars and throaty, Tom Waits-ish vocalizations during verses, all of which makes you expect a cameo from Clint Eastwood somewhere in there.  It’s the most recognizable track of the bunch, hands-down, but not in a sore-thumb way.

      So the album then pulls out all stops and blasts with the hypnotic, droning, looming “A Night So Long”, which has its base in the repetition of the same riff (with the single line of lyrics being the song’s title) and sticking lots of moody, doomy passages in between.  It delivers on the hypnosis in spades, and feels like a very calm chill pill overdose.  To be perfectly honest, I didn’t much listen to “End Titles”, as I have an aversion to such songs, but it’s a decent enough acoustic closer.

      SO IN SUMMARY, in case you want the cliff notes version: if any kind of metal is your thing, and you can handle the cracked-dry-soil-of-Nevada-Desert type textures in your music, this is your thing, and you shouldn’t miss it.  Everyone else should take a look, this one’s a winner. 8.5/10
Review Written By Sarp Esin

Gandhi Gunn @ Myspace

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Posted May 15, 2011 by doommantia in Gandhi’s Gunn

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