Gilla Bruja - _6 Fingered Jesus_
(Retribute Records, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (8 out of 10)
Retribute Records has rapidly become the home of some very promising extreme bands, and with the second Gilla Bruja album they show they're still on the right track. This four-piece from England is mixing plenty of good riffin' with dirty growls and chilled-out grooves; think of Brutal Truth jamming with Buzz:oven trying to cover Iron Monkey -- you'll get the idea. I can't say I haven't heard this style of music before, but it's being done expertly here, and if you add a perfect production to that you get an album that can't do much wrong. Songs like "Where Low Life Grows" and "The Door" will have you bouncing round the house in mere seconds, while some of the dual vocal parts ("All for Blame", "A Season to Wither") show a different side of the band. For the restless ones among us, there are the obligatory up-tempo songs as well ("Harvest"). A minor drawback is that even a short album like this gets quite repetitive after a while -- something I see happening with many bands in this genre. Still, Gilla Bruja has done their best to satisfy us all with _6 Fingered Jesus_, which I can only qualify as sludge in its finest form, and hopefully we'll see them touring around soon.


(article published 3/6/2003)

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