Gyroscope
Cohesion


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
April 10th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How about a little love for straightforward rock?

Let’s face it, straightforward rock doesn’t get a lot of love these days. The accessibility and conventional structuring that is associated with the sub-genre generally screams mainstream radio rock; therefore failing to garner the respect of the underground listeners by default. Aussie rockers Gyroscope have always presented somewhat of a disparity from your predictable rock group by never quite breaking into the mainstream (outside of Australia), contrary to what you may believe. Gyroscope began making a name for themselves in the early 2000’s when they were able to land supporting shows for Unwritten Law, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182 among others where the band fostered enough attention to exhibit themselves as their own commodity. By riding the wave of their intensely energetic live performances and the success of their early EP’s, Gyroscope released commended full-length releases “Sound Shattering Sound,” “Are You Involved?” and eventually “Breed Obsession” in 2008.

Gyroscope’s 2010 release indicates the group’s decision to steer in a much more focused direction. “Cohesion” is essentially a testament to its title, maintaining a strict cohesiveness that portrays its playability in both a track-by-track and complete record sense. Its consistency is also propelled in large part by the inner chemistry of the group itself. Not a great deal is likely to jump out at you when listening to “Cohesion,” but each member gives the impression that they work with one another with such attunement. The record is keen on its utilization of blistering riffs, incongruent dynamics, and Daniel Sanders’ soaring clean vocals, all of which play an intricate role in creating the melting pot. Monstrous choruses and infectious hooks are strewn throughout “Cohesion” and are fundamentally what bestows Gyroscope its appeal.

Ignoring the brief section in the record’s opening seconds in which lead singer Daniel Sanders gives the impression of a Billie Joe Armstrong sound-alike, the vocalist presents himself as a distinct commodity. Sanders is instrumental in showcasing a respectable range and versatility when required, even exploiting a delicate falsetto on lighter tracks such as Working With Wood and Fifty500. Baby, I’m Getting Better conveys Sanders at a compelling and passionate level, as he elevates a rather uneventful track with the assistance of some warming harmonies. Most significantly, Sanders exhibits the capability of precisely accentuating the mood; solidifying his role as an effective front-man.

“Cohesion” may very well be the album that propels Gyroscope into the mainstream for the very reason that it chuck full of tracks that scream single. Some of the Places I Know is the most radio-ready song of all of them, facilitated by contagious melodies and a hook-laden formula. This factor does not seem to waver much on the album, with the lively What Do I Know About Pain? and zealous Working With Wood following suit. The record’s ultimate underscore could very well be its concluding track Spider, in which is one of the few songs utilizing an acoustic guitar. Spider is successful in both bringing closure and presenting “Cohesion” with its definitive track.

Gyroscope is, needless to say one of the more relevant conventional rock bands of the day that have not quite received the recognition they deserve outside of Australia. Their 2010 release “Cohesion” is a consistent and focused piece of work that will make for one of the better “rock” records of the year, but is ultimately lacking in bringing the band to the next level. Perhaps “Cohesion” is the record that Gyroscope will build on in the preceding years, but for now is an engaging listen for fans of a misunderstood sub-genre.

Recommended Tracks:
Some of the Places I Know
Working With Wood
What Do I Know About Pain?
Don’t Forget Me When I Die
Spider



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EVedder27
April 10th 2010


6088 Comments


Fun record

Romulus
April 10th 2010


8441 Comments


Hey look at that recommended by reviewer section. Pos'd and will check out.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010


8371 Comments


Very nice review. I find straightforward rock to be the hardest genre to write about, because there really isn't much to say what hasn't been said a hundred times before. You did good though.

EVedder27
April 10th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks guys.

I thought you'd like that recommended by reviewer section rom. You should enjoy this.

Know exactly what you are talking about Metalstyles, I had a hard time finding anything worthy of writing about on this.

Douglas
April 10th 2010


9115 Comments


Gyroscope are alright I guess... Will probably be hearing lots of this on the radio

Digging: The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

EVedder27
April 10th 2010


6088 Comments


I actually wondered if they were a popular radio band in Australia. Kind of surprised they haven't caught on in the US.

AtavanHalen
April 10th 2010


17927 Comments


They are, dude. Snakeskin, Beware Wolf, Fast Girl, Australia and Some of the Places have all done bigtime on radio.

WhiteNoise
April 11th 2010


3209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuckin' love this band. Probably my second favourite aussie act (at the momment anyway). This is easily their most consistent although I don't think it tops AYI. I'm just glad they fixed the 2nd half syndrome that the other 3 albums had. (particularly BO)

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2010


20857 Comments


Haven't heard this yet, but have been told it's a little too tame.

Haven't seen them live either, but have been told they are very good & not tame at all.

Vooligan
April 11th 2010


3541 Comments


It's decent, just inconsistant. Like Breed Obsession really.

Theres some sick tracks (Live Without You) but others are a bit stinky.

AtavanHalen
April 11th 2010


17927 Comments


Chatted to Rob, Dan and Zoran when they played at my uni back in March. They were really excited about this record, so I'm very keen to hear it.

EVedder27
April 11th 2010


6088 Comments


I found it be to really consistent, but has nothing really amazing on it. Haven't heard their other albums though.

AggravatedYeti
April 11th 2010


7685 Comments


how did I miss a mike allen review?

well I mean Im obviously going to get this.

AtavanHalen
April 11th 2010


17927 Comments


Mike, get Sound Shattering Sound.

EVedder27
April 11th 2010


6088 Comments


Will do, would you say it's their best?

AtavanHalen
April 11th 2010


17927 Comments


I'd say it'd be be fairly similar to this if your description is accurate

WhiteNoise
April 12th 2010


3209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I know it sounds like blasphamy but SSS is probably my least favourite gyro album...

WhiteNoise
June 1st 2010


3209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

btw this album needs some more love!

Mordecai.
June 1st 2010


8279 Comments


love. but seriously, snakeskin is an awesome song

AtavanHalen
June 1st 2010


17927 Comments


Babe I'm Getting Better is a sweet, sweet song.



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