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Welcome to 2011, Check out the first few загадка reviews!

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

RiO Radio interview on WDIY

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)

Загадка (2010)
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.
-Justin Bost

Scene Point Blank

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./

The Metal Register

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.



“This New Jersey-based quartet has carved out its own niche within the city’s heavy music scene, blowing eardrums and dropping jaws with their spaced-out progressive metal compositions. Equal parts Mogwai, Mouth of the Architect, Russian Circles, Jesu, and Sonic Youth, Gholas are a rare and compelling sort of band, one with its own aesthetic, sound, and raw, beating heart.” – Kim Kelly

загадка is finished and off to the presses. We have been working on this album for the better part of this year and we couldn’t be more excited to finally present the full realization of our newest full-length. The Record will be available in a limited run of CDs and pay-what-you-want download (for now- we want vinyl just as badly as you do.). Pre orders will begin immediately and expect to ship around the end of the month. Furthermore, every pre-order will come with a free and immediate high-quality (v0 mp3) download. You can place your order for the CD HERE, or via pay-what-you-want download HERE.

загадка clocks in at just under an hour and chronicles a long, arduous journey into the unknown that challenges the very sanity of the traveler. Loneliness, paranoia, and the promise of release that accompany such trials are all visited throughout the record. Gholas has worked with people that all tapped into these emotions to create the final, completed vision.

Recorded by Joe Smiley at Red Planet earlier this year and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate,Old); the whole shebang was tied together by Drew Speziale (Circle Takes The Square).

Preview The Album right here:

01 A Shape
02 Tycho Dawn
03 Behind Every Man is 30 Ghosts
04 …(The Emissary)
05 From Hundreds of Millions of Miles
06 Mobius Loop
07 9000 Reasons
08 The Eye of Japetus
09 My God

Pre-orders are availabe NOW through Communitas Media. You can order in any one of the fine combinations below.

Download загадка
Pay What You Want- v0 MP3s

Download загадка for whatever you feel like paying (Really). you have the entire album in a few clicks.

Purchase загадка CD and Receive an instant download of the album

9 songs, 58 minutes. This gets you the CD and an instantaneous Download of the new record, Загадка.

Purchase загадка CD and Our Debut EP on Vinyl

This package gets you the NEW record, “Загадка” on CD + instant download as well as “Here I Am, Here Is Infinity”, on pink vinyl for only $5 more.

загадка Streaming, Gholas + Dangerbird NoFun Mini-Tour, New Local Show Announcements

First and foremost – we are still putting the finishing touches on the physical pressing of загадка. Its almost done. While you wait you can preview the whole album on either our BandCamp Page or the Music Page. Hope you like it. We do.

We have a number of shows coming up to promote the album. Come out and buy a CD-R version (ltd to only 20 copies!) until we sell out or get the real thing finished. We’re playing a number of shows in the NorthEast with our friends Dangerbird. It should be great. Full listing of upcoming shows is below.

Thanks again.

Dangerbird +Gholas NoFun MiniTour
-Fri Aug 06 @ Secret Art Space (Bethlehem PA) w/ TFFNI, I Sing The Equator
-Sat Aug 07 @ New Wave Cafe (New Bedford MA)
-Sun Aug 08 @ The New Hawaii (Southington CT)
-Mon Aug 09 @ Lit Lounge (Manhattan NYC) w/ Chambers, So Hideous My Love

Also coming up:
-Fri Aug 20 FREE SHOW @ MillCreek Tavern (Philadelphia PA) w/ Dangerbird, Ugh God, Circle The City
-Sun Sep 26 Philly FM Fest @ MillCreek Tavern (Philadelphia PA)
-Fri Oct 1st FREE 1-year anniversary @ The M Room (Philadelphia PA) w/ Bubonic Bear, Monolith, Ominous Black