Gaza
No Absolutes in Human Suffering


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli Kleman EMERITUS
August 11th, 2012 | 527 replies | 38,942 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gaza perfect the many sides of their sound to create the best work of their careers.

It isn’t too often that we see the emphasis of a band’s ideals take precedence over its music, but that has always seemed to be the case with Gaza. With painfully blunt album titles such as I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die and He Is Never Coming Back, it is easy to see the why so much attention is spent on Gaza’s controversial views on religion and politics. But beneath the glossy anarchistic/atheistic veneer is a band whose musical prowess far outclasses its hefty subject matter.

No Absolutes in Human Suffering is a continuation of the tried and true Gaza sound, with some notable changes in regards to songwriting. Much of the monotony found on their previous records has been addressed, which makes the album a much more interesting listen throughout. They still play a balancing act with their grind, death-metal, and sludge influences, something that has always been one of the band’s stronger suits. This time around, however, things are markedly improved with how well these various sounds are handled. It’s a much more cohesive record in general, as the multi-faceted band settles in a sweet spot, finding what can truly be described as their own “sound.” Every minute is full of dense cacophony; a murky and chaotic riff filled excursion with a heavy emphasis on tempo experimentation. Luckily, Gaza pull it off remarkably well.

The album opens up with “Mostly Hair and Bones Now,” featuring a mild but ominous beginning that does not prepare the listener for what is actually rather generic “explosive intro.” From there, Gaza begin to barrage the listener with their fierce delivery. There are sparse moments throughout in which one can catch their breath, as the 44 minute run-time is filled with snarling vocals and pounding percussion. The only true failing of the album comes in the form of the title track, which plods at a painful pace. With a thoroughly bland guitar driving the piece, the album’s title is slowly bellowed for about three minutes until the song just sort of ends. It offers up a different pace, and is easily the densest and bleakest song on the record, but it fails to capture the energy and excitement of the rest of the tracks.

Unsurprisingly, Gaza have once again dropped a supremely dark and engaging record that is as thoughtful as it is heavy. However, the band is still able to surprise, with No Absolutes in Human Suffering feeling like their most complete and accomplished record to date. It still has that Gaza flair, but underneath the band has fine-tuned their delivery to make their finest outing to date.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 11th 2012



10553 Comments


It sure was nice of Jesus to take time away from ignoring
Ethnic cleansing genocide and famine bloated children.
Or regrowing limbs for landmine victims
To help you score that touchdown
To help you find your keys
To help you land that promotion.


I so badly wanted this in there because lol

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chambered49
August 11th 2012



1727 Comments


very cool nice review man

GhettoHmbrglr
August 11th 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album owns

Photon
August 11th 2012



1288 Comments


nice review, Gaza are a really good band. will check this out soon

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Spec
August 11th 2012



26825 Comments


Still haven't even listened to this. I'm so far behind.

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 11th 2012



4854 Comments


stream anywhere?

astrel
August 11th 2012



2613 Comments


I think at this point we can safely say being openly atheist in music isn't really a controversial view anymore. Awesome review anyways.

ZedO
August 11th 2012



1096 Comments


new gaza album, will check

Sirob
August 11th 2012



2653 Comments


i cant fucking wait to listen to this

vauxrock
August 11th 2012



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

absolutely fabolous

Recspecs
August 11th 2012



9809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck

Yes

Spec
August 11th 2012



26825 Comments


acacia strain next album will be all like god sucks ooooooooo if I believed in god oooooooooo dead people oooooooooooo

Nikkolae
August 11th 2012



4381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I think at this point we can safely say being openly atheist in music isn't really a controversial view anymore. Awesome review anyways."

in extreme metal maybe, but in music as general, nope, its still sorta controversial.

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Spec
August 11th 2012



26825 Comments


No it's not.

ffs
August 11th 2012



4668 Comments


atheism and anti-theism are not the same thing fyi

havent listened to this band for ages, suppose ill check this out for old times sake

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 11th 2012



23606 Comments


good review, gotta check this (even though I didn't think He Is Never Coming Back was all it was cracked up to be).

but check your there/their/they're in the first comment man we wouldn't want people thinking the staff on this site are incompetent or something.

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Comatorium.
August 11th 2012



3999 Comments


Am I the only one who thinks Gaza is just sorta... noise? I mean, it's mean, evil, scary noise and I listen to them occasionally, but I can't say I'm a huge fan.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 11th 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'll give it a couple more listens


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alachlahol
August 11th 2012



7422 Comments


this band sucks

alachlahol
August 11th 2012



7422 Comments


nice review eli but you cant sway me with your words



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