Gaza
He Is Never Coming Back


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
November 11th, 2009 | 211 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the better heavy albums of the year so far.

It’s hard to imagine a better follow-up album than Gaza’s second full-length, as He is Never Coming Back improves on basically every aspect of its predecessor, and then some. Uncompromisingly heavy, HINCB is a headtrip of riffs and breakdowns, continuing along I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die’s path of sludgy-metalcore goodness while embellishing on and enhancing every characteristic of their sound.

Such as “The Meat of a Leg Joint” and “Tombless”, which has one of the best riffs you’ll hear all year, embellish out the band’s more straightforward metalcore sound, “The Astronomer” and the title track focus more on the band’s sludgier side. When Gaza mixes these styles successfully---and they’re pretty much always successful at this---is when shit gets real interesting. For example, see “Canine Disposal Unit”, an epic that alternates from speedy riffing to total crushing brutality, which also features vocalist Jon Parkin’s all-encompassing roar at its most disgusting and at its most totally awesome.

HISNCB has two main surprises. One is the rather unforeseen versatility of the songs, which never seem to end anywhere near where they started; the constant progression of different riffs and sections give some songs a slight math-y or even a progressive feel. Another surprise are the songs “The Biologist” and “The Anthropologist”, which are two brief softer pieces that offer a welcome reprieve from the total heaviness found everywhere else on the album. “The Anthropologist” is the most impressive: it shows Gaza can easily pull of the kind of pussy post-rock that underfed college dweebs live off nowadays.

HINCB breezes by; its thirty-five minutes seem to last half that. But you won’t just spend thirty-five minutes with this album; you’ll spend hours---it’s that compulsively listenable. Just get it already.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
joshuatree
Emeritus
November 11th 2009


3742 Comments


there we go, on the right album now

ps album slays and its better than axe to fall D:

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 11th 2009


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Epic and then some.

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

HighandDriving
November 11th 2009


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is pretty boring.

dangerass
November 11th 2009


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not sure I like this better than IDCWIGWID, but it's really good nonetheless.

Rationalist
November 11th 2009


880 Comments


HINCB>ATF
The latter was disappointing.

Rationalist
November 11th 2009


880 Comments


I love how all of the albums I just came back from visiting are under the "Members Also Liked" bar...

HighandDriving
November 11th 2009


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wonder if the title "He Is Never Coming Back" is an illusion to Christ.

Buccaneer
November 11th 2009


692 Comments


Probably, considering most religions (i think) believe in the Return of Christ.

Should I get this, or "I dont care where i go when i die" first?

alachlahol
November 11th 2009


7501 Comments


wow man this scares me!!

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 11th 2009


3742 Comments


Should I get this, or "I dont care where i go when i die" first?


this

Bleekill
November 11th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer, "Fuck you, I'm going to hell."

This album rules, I just found these guys a few weeks ago.

any14doomsday
November 11th 2009


679 Comments


yeah this rules. Its just as good as the last one.

anotherdeadjuliet
November 11th 2009


263 Comments


Something was missing on IDCWIGWID and I really couldn't tell you what but whatever it is I hope it's on HINCB.

This band has an odd ability to come up with awesome album titles, very memorable and at the same time very awful song titles for the most part.

Duderino
November 11th 2009


827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The production on this has sounded like shit from the clips I've heard.

cvlts
November 11th 2009


8967 Comments


so stoked about this band. make sure to check out their first full length as well, equally good! ;]

cvlts
November 11th 2009


8967 Comments


so stoked about this band. make sure to check out their first full length as well, equally good! ;]

ThePalestMexican
November 11th 2009


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to the whole album today...their best work yet

SlowlyWeRot
November 11th 2009


29 Comments


Loved their last album, scared me shitless at some points. gonna check this out.

FreePizzaDay
November 11th 2009


1526 Comments


I want this soooooooooo bad. Like, soooooooo bad.

liledman
November 11th 2009


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

should it say "heavy-handedly" instead of just "handedly"?
and "embellish out the bands sound" ...?

sweet album, listening now.



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