Golgatha
Strength of the World


3.5
great

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
April 18th, 2011 | 302 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What Golgatha lack in originality they more than make up for in copious amounts of potential.

From the melodeath-tinged riffs at the beginning of Battle Cry to the final guitar solo of Weapon of Choice, this EP is one that knows what it's doing. Strength of the World, the debut release of relatively new Texan metal act Golgatha, is a record that showcases an incredible level of maturity, especially for a band that is not even a full year old. It does not toy with any revolutionary or new musical concepts, and most everything has been done before to a certain extent by others. However, even the most elite of metalheads knows that it is completely unrealistic to demand pure originality from every release and every band. Golgatha know this, and instead of attempting to tread new musical ground (a path that can lead to failure much more easily than it can lead to success), they choose to combine a vast slew of influences into something that, while it is derivative in its obvious influences from other acts, comes together and blends in a relatively fresh and unique manner.

The two main musical elements that are present here are metalcore and thrash, with some hints of melodeath, progressive, and hardcore thrown in to good effect. The vocals also span a variety of influences, ranging from thrashy barks to metalcore screams to an interesting vibrato-heavy clean that, while pleasant in small doses, can easily become mildly irksome when it is overused. Technically, it’s all-around above-average fare for Golgatha, with a liberal use of shredding solos, blast beats, and a smattering of catchy basslines. Songs such as Intolerance showcase the band at their best, deftly blending thrash riffs, catchy choruses, breakdowns, and tasteful technicality to create some music that displays a huge amount of potential for this little Texan band. Ruiner is an impressive death-infused thrash track that shows that Golgatha are more than capable of melting faces, while in Untitled they do the opposite and try their hand at writing a power ballad. They accomplish this feat with a surprising degree of success, even if the pseudo-operatic cleans are used more than is necessary.

Golgatha, while obviously having a huge amount of potential, are a young and inexperienced act. The production is weak (given, this is something that cannot be held against such a new band), and they do break into overly generic and boring metalcore chugfests on occasion (namely in closer Weapon of Choice). They still have yet to find their voice musically and create something that truly sets them apart from the crowd, but with Strength of the World, Golgatha are well on their way to greatness. Their core ideas are strong, and with some refinement, some better production, and a few more original ideas, they could become a force to watch out for.

[A]http://golgathaband.bandcamp.com/[/A]



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wyankeif1337
April 18th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i know i said i was done with reviewing for a few months, but this was requested by fr33 (it's his band).

iFghtffyrdmns
April 18th 2011


7047 Comments


Nice review, thorough but quick :]

sounds like something I wouldn't really be into haha, way to go fr33 though.

wyankeif1337
April 18th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i might go back and add a bit more bulk to the review when i have time.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 18th 2011


7047 Comments


"i might go back and add a bit more bulk to the review when i have time."

I really don't think it needs it at all, you make your points pretty clearly, adding much more could result in excessiveness/chunkiness.

two reviews on the frontpage without album artwork.
sloppy sloppy sloppy, we are...

wyankeif1337
April 18th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i just added the artwork, now waiting for the mods to approve it.

Maniac!
April 18th 2011


26250 Comments


Fr33 picked you to review his album?

wyankeif1337
April 18th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i guess it's because i'm awesome

fr33convict
April 18th 2011


11689 Comments


Fr33 picked you to review his album?

Yep. I'm gonna add the artwork and link this from our FB page. Awesome job man!

fr33convict
April 18th 2011


11689 Comments


Also, you can stream/download it here:

http://golgathaband.bandcamp.com/

Counterfeit
April 18th 2011


17819 Comments


you have an untitled track how gay

will listen bro

wyankeif1337
April 18th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

surprise: the Untitled track is a real song and not a stupid 2 minute ambient interlude track!

iFghtffyrdmns
April 18th 2011


7047 Comments


oooh nice that album art is pretty bitchin'

wyankeif1337
April 18th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and what's the coding for links?

fr33convict
April 18th 2011


11689 Comments


I always thought it was [a]. maybe try [url]?

TheSpirit
April 18th 2011


17885 Comments


i knew the name of the band sounded familiar...if i remember these guys instrumentally were good but the vocals were meh...will check out again though. cool reviewwwww

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

fr33convict
April 18th 2011


11689 Comments


i knew the name of the band sounded familiar...if i remember these guys instrumentally were good but the vocals were meh...will check out again though. cool reviewwwww

yep that was last year our vocalist has improved tremendously.

Defeater
April 18th 2011


5782 Comments


i bet I'm a better vocalist

too bad I don't do core

tkxxx7
April 18th 2011


6153 Comments


link coding is [A]

good on ya, fr33

nice review , ryan

vanderb0b
April 18th 2011


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Listened to a couple songs, this is surprisingly solid.

fr33convict
April 18th 2011


11689 Comments


YOU DARE DOUBT MY POWER?



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