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Monthly Archives: January 2011
We decided to release this on tape to continue our general theme of releasing our music on formats that no one wants anymore. We played a show with them, This is what we have left, available to everyone if you couldn’t make it or live on another continent.Click HERE to go to our store and buy it for 4 bucks.
Side A: And The Lives Come Flooding / From Hundreds Of Millions Of Miles / 9000 Reasons / Walk Without Rhythm / Her Trainwreck
Side B: Do We Dream / (…) The Void / The Worm
Recorded January 18th 2009 live on WKDU Drexel University Radio by Adam Hendricks
Live Recordings are always a mixed bag. Precision and accuracy can be thrown out the window in favor of loudness, raw emotion, and audience assault. We went into this WKDU session hoping to spread our extremely loud noise pollution over the radio waves and did just that. Over the course of the night, my voice just about gave out completely (hey back off, you scream utter nonsense for nigh on an hour and a half and see how your voice fairs) at about the 45 minute mark and by the end, I had no voice left for “The Worm” (so this is an instrumental version of that song). I know we had various technical difficulties and several other issues while recording, and while this might not sound completely amazing, we had a ton of fun doing it.
At this stage of Gholas, we were still in the mindset to destroy people with how loud and caustic we could be. This radio session took place a little after our Here I Am, Here Is Infinity EP was released. We were in a furious writing space and much of this set consisted of songs that would end up on our LP, Zagadka, as well as songs that have yet to be released. All of the songs are in their raw state with alternate lyrics and vocals than what you hear on any of the studio versions of the tracks.
This is a strange document of our band. We made some decisions following this set that for better or worse made us the band that we are today. The night was a bunch of fun and Adam was easy to work with while doing the session; hell, he let us make a horrible racket and then played it over the air (What were you thinking Adam? I am surprised Drexel did not lose their FCC license). We hope you enjoy this little release, we are putting this out as a kind of thank you to those of you that liked Zagadka, though there are only 20 of these tapes physically in existence If you have one of these consider yourself equally blessed and damned for this.
Welcome to the new year, everyone. I have a small compilation of some of the reviews we’ve received on the new record. Have you bought it yet? If you haven’t click “store” up top for more info. Hopefully this year will bring some big things for us, and we’ll be sure to keep everyone posted.
Few things, A few months back, Dave and Chris were at WDIY in Bethlehem, PA talking about the new record with Justin at Radio in Opposition (review below). Justin is awesome, and the interview wasn;t nearly as painful as we thought it would be. You can download that interview below
We talk about the writing process, explain how to pronounce the record name, and our sci-fi nerdery.
Check the reviews out:
Radio in Opposition (PDF)
It’s only fitting that I should review the newest release from Gholas on the heels of what would have been Frank Herbert’s 90th birthday (look it up). Just two years after their first EP, the Philly quartet offer up a mature and polished debut full-length. Загадка (Russian for “Riddle”) is as labyrinthian as its name implies, yet maintaining a cohesive sound. The record winds itself up with the murky discord of “A Shape”, preceding the furious postmetal artillery blast of “Tycho Dawn”. Once the storm is subdued, the anguished verse and riffing bow solemnly to intricate leads. This quickly gives way to majestic ascents and punishing cave-ins. The genre blending is seamless as hardened rhythms battle soaring leads, punctuated by meticulously layered, noisy sludge. Gholas understand something that increasingly fewer sludge/post-metal acts do, and that’s timing. Great care is taken to let the story tell itself. The listener is enveloped by frazzled drone and cavernous percussion for a solid hour. Never rushed and consistently intense, Загадка is a monster release.
Gave us 8.4/10 and had some very nice things to say about the record.
– This band along with many follows the setup that Isis started. That is certainly not to say they are mere followers. They play a heavy near ambient style of metal. The songs flow together telling a story seemingly (hence the Isis notation). Each song seems to float into the other as though the first wouldn’t be truly complete without the next one to compliment it.
– Overall Gholas is a band that could be top of their given genre by the time their next album drops.
~~John E./ ScenePpointblank.com~~
Featured Gholas in their “Metal Band of the Week” Section of their website.
Most easily described as post-metal with a penchant for discord and drawn-out passages that Pink Floyd would appreciate, the work of Gholas is heavy, textured, down-tempo, sludgy, and eclectic, with a none-too-subtle eye towards occasional moments of blues or soul.
I’ll keep updating these probably, but hey, have fun this new year. According to the mayans, it just may be the last.