Gholas show, recording, booking and general information and updates.

Tag Archives: Gholas

Deafheaven/Ken Mode tour with Gholas Support

We’re excited for both of these shows, first, they’re our first few shows back after the self imposed hiatus. And Second, the tour we’re opening for is amazing.

Philly show, 6/16 at kung fu necktie

Ken Mode
Gholas (Shameless Self Promotion)
Dirge of Methuselah

the Very Next night, At the Cake shop in brooklyn, we are also supporting.

So here, listen to a few of the bands we’ll be sharing the stage with

Dans L’isolement Solidaires

A few months back, we got on this split from the british label Dog Knight Productions. Check them out, they have some solid releases. We also share a common belief in the entire package contributing to the experience of the album.

What came about was a great comp. You can stream it below. The entire thing is limited to 250 copies (2 colorways)

We contributed an alternate take on “From Hundreds of Millions of Miles” that is a bit more (vocally) close to how we play it live (Chris sings the bridge).

From the Label:

Dans’…is a 5-way international split which features 5 incredible bands from all around the world, coming together to create a full length 42 minutes long LP that is intended to be listened to in full. This is not a compilation.
All of the bands offer 7-11 minutes of dark/atmospheric music with very different vocal styles, but the album flows perfectly nevertheless.

Blackdays Architecture (France/Japan)
It Is Imperative (Germany)
Gholas (USA)
Life in the Dark (UK)
Plague Sermon (UK)

Vinyl Nerd Info (see the pic below):
25 Pre-order version in a screen printed mailer
100 Clear with white splatter
150 Grey

We Should have these very soon, and they will be available directly through us and our store (the tab at the top)

Thanks everyone.

Gholas- Poisoning The Airwaves

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 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.

“…Needs More Whale and Less Baby.”

We’re mixing the record down. It is almost done. As you can tell by the title, Our engineer hates us. We’re giving the album a final once over for track order and transitions and then off it goes for mastering. We’ve been at this since January, and hopefully you’ll all agree with us that the record was well worth the wait. Leaps and bounds above our last recording (in our twisted heads anyway.).

We’ll also be starting to play shows again in support of the full-length. The first of which is in a few weeks:

Mose Giganticus, Hulk Smash, Gholas & Grass
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Danger Danger Gallery 5013 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Mose Giganticus (
Hulk Smash (
Gholas (
Grass (no web site, sorry!)

*This is not necessarily the order of the bands so come out early to make sure you see who you want to see!

Admission price $5-$10

After that, we’re working on a few dates for a weekender sometime in August. We’re pushing for this to be huge.

Tracking is Finally done.

We’ve finished tracking the new full length finally. The last of our guest musicians came in this thursday and laid down some Viola onto the last song of our record. This record became a bit more of an undertaking than we originally thought, but we’re all getting super pumped to start mixing tomorrow. Get into it people.

We’ll announce the name of the record soon, as well as show some samples of the artwork, maybe even a sample of a track. I promise we’ll leave the crying and nashing of teeth out.