Wot Gorilla?
Kebnekaise


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
October 14th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wot?...

Halifax indie rockers Wot Gorilla are a strange beast. A veritable Frankenstein’s monster of sorts, one can hear a plethora of other bands in their sound, from Tides of Man, Arctic Monkeys, Ghosts and Vodka, even Coheed and Cambria. This channeling of different sounds may or may not be intentional but one thing is certain, it’s mighty impressive and a pleasing experience to listen to. This brand of indie style math rock is tried and true yet Wot Gorilla adds more than enough wrinkles in the formula for the listener to warrant an earnest listen while simultaneously not alienating fans of the genre.

The band incorporates a unique style of mathy noodling with prog-esque interludes a la Between the Buried and Me to produce a very novel sound. While the epic conclusion “Snow White” is the greatest example of this fresh sound, songs like “Afraid of the Dark” and “Holy B’Jesus” also showcase this dynamic well. Due to the impact these moments have within the record, impatience can set in waiting for the next instance to occur but this can hardly be called a negative against the record. The instruments are all well-played and fairly technical with plenty of the start-stop moments and time signature changes that math-rock is known for. The guitars for the most part have no distortion and save for the rare breakdown, have the job of carrying you briskly and seamlessly through the songs. The bass and drums are also handled extremely well, particularly in songs like “Suspects” that has every instrument taking the spotlight at one time or another.

The vocalist is the part of the band most reminiscent of Coheed and Cambria. Both of them hold the jobs of both guitarist and lead singer as well as sport the higher pitched voices and use similar melodies at times. This can be very hit or miss to some listeners but the vocals never get screechy or whiny. A very pleasant surprise comes at the end of “Snow White” which shows off the only screaming section of the record which is well executed yet only having one screaming section in the whole record can make this one seem out of place.

Not much wrong can be said about Wot Gorilla’s debut LP. From the excellent instrumentation to the novelty of the music itself, this record has a lot going for it and shows nothing but upside for the band. Historically progressive math rock such as this has had the adjectives “pretentious” or “artificial” thrown at it a lot with its long periods of noodling guitars played in a perceived attempt to sound technical. While Kebnekaise has these periods, they can hardly be called artificial as the energy is evident throughout the entire record, and as everyone knows, energy is the most important ingredient in making good music.



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Calc
October 13th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Streaming here:
http://wotgorilla.bandcamp.com/

"Snow White Official Video" (Be warned the singer's singing is a little uncomfortable)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj1jl-iQ2YM




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KILL
October 13th 2012


71957 Comments


these fucks ripped off genesis fuck em

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Calc
October 13th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how so?

KILL
October 13th 2012


71957 Comments


if u dont kno now then u will never no

Calc
October 13th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's why I asked...but aight. I prolly dont deserve to know anyway

bigguytoo9
October 14th 2012


259 Comments


Wot Gorilla? is a Genesis song from the Wind and Wuthering (sp?) album it's the last one to have Steve on guitar.

Calc
October 14th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man lol I was close to looking it up

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2012


19918 Comments


Good review posd. Am I the only one who doesn't know what math rock is?

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Calc
October 14th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you sir..and you prolly have heard it, it just didn't enter your mind that thats what its called

FourthReich
October 14th 2012


17860 Comments


Pot?...

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2012


3469 Comments


This album looks hilarious. Have a pos, pretty good review. This might be just me but I feel like you could probably go into a bit more detail on the music itself, but good review nonetheless.

bloc
October 14th 2012


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Downloaded this randomly. Looking forward to checking it out.



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