Godgory - _Resurrection_
(Nuclear Blast, 1999)
by: Paul Schwarz (
_Resurrection_ is a disjointed, though well produced, album created by more-than-competent musicians. The opening title track begins with a gothic-sounding keyboard atmosphere, which is then interspersed with big crunchy bar chord strums and pounding drum hits. The vocals which soon enter are growled, though these do vary to being spoken or clean, but not tunefully so. Strangely, this doom-like song is followed by the 100% Gothenburg death metal sounding "Crimson Snow". Though _Resurrection_ continues with songs more in the vein of the first from here on, there is still variation. Current-Hypocrisy-esque riffs emanate from a few songs while gothic atmospheres and symphonically catchy choruses are a fixture in most of the remaining tracks. The end result lacks identity, but my problem with this release is that none of the music is anything to get excited about. Closing _Resurrection_ with a cover of Accept's "Princess of the Dawn" was definitely a bad move, however. The end and beginning of an album are quite significant things in my view and to have the last memory of your album in someone's mind being someone else's song seems like a bad thing to me. Godgory have poured salt in this wound by choosing an album closing song to cover and by doing a cover which is pretty unexciting, though its attempt to combine the crunchy guitars and gothic tendencies of Godgory's music into the Accept original is partially successful and certainly daring. Overall, though, this is little more than an average album.
(article published 8/12/1999)
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