195

Garsed, Helmerich, and Donati: Under the Lash of Gravity, (tentatively so titled)

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Well this time out GnH, contact at: brettg1@earthlink.net, have radically departed from their previous releases. This is a strongly vocal album full of samples and bizarre sonic treats. Helmerich’s voice is as good as money if the right person hears him. He can croon right alongside U2, Talking Heads, or Sisters of Mercy lead vocalists. The explosive Virgil Donati rips up the skins with Richie Garcia percussing. Linda Nilsson does backing vocals.

Much angst and gothic-tinged gloom hovers around this quirky and kinked release. Avant-garde electronic treatments, introspective howlings, turntable antics by “Black”, and mean guitars abound. I absolutely got off on the Zappa meets George Michaels meets Stone Cold Steve Austin meets Godzilla on “Giant”. Crazy rock abandon! Fee-fi-fo-fum, Fee-fi-fo-fum, Fee-fi-fo-fum, Fee-fi-fo-fum, oh yeah! Garsed is on fire with perfect timings and in-your-face crunch. Twang! On “Wake In Fright” I kept hearing Sisters of Mercy and Skinny Puppy with Ministry guitars but at a 16 rpm doom drone. Weird but worthy.

Darkness and dungeon dismal, pained-doomrock continue on “King of Neglect” that Wino of The Obsessed and Spirit Caravan or Circle of Dust would applaud with full force. This is scary stuff will make the Blair Witch run for the outhouse. My favorite lithium moment/‘ludes drool/thorazine shuffle/controlled substance piece was “Vicodin”. Beautifully anguished guitar work and ethereally oppressive treatments and ambient textures make me cry for Garsed and Helmerich to please, please do a 2CD release of instrumentals like this. I am dead serious!

On “Simon Says” we have a return to that “Giant” monster-crunch, smashed-thumbed pathos, and phat fuzzed bass. I pity the poor fool that has to tune Garsed’s axe after this kinda abuse. “Galactic Waterhole” and “Nemesis” offer more eclectic rock but on the fine “Bad Luck Go Away” outro we are graced with oodles of superb Jeff Beckian, Hendrixian, and Satrianic outer limits, riffs done in that fine Garsed and Helmerich style. Big high five on this one mates! ~ John W. Patterson

| Record Label: Cooee Spide Music | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "MG50 Peace & Fire" CD/LP/Track Review MG50 Peace & Fire
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Hearts & Minds" CD/LP/Track Review Hearts & Minds
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "Allison Philips Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Allison Philips Trio
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 27, 2016
Read "Som før" CD/LP/Track Review Som før
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 4, 2016
Read "Black Orpheus" CD/LP/Track Review Black Orpheus
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 30, 2016
Read "In Praise of Shadows" CD/LP/Track Review In Praise of Shadows
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 19, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.