Gospel
The Moon Is a Dead World


4.5
superb

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (38 Reviews)
August 6th, 2013 | 103 replies | 3,896 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slowing Down is Futile.

The drums are a crucial instrument in creating a sublime sound in most music today, especially in the hardcore outlet. Drums can be used as a metronome, to keep the balance of the music flowing perpetually off of each new riff, bass line, or lyric. Most alternative bands prefer this technique, as they don’t want the drums to outshine the vocals or other instruments. Hardcore bands on the other hand, may sometimes lend the spotlight to the drums. Tenaciously and aggressively, the drums will do whatever they can to showcase what is possible from a single drummer. Other instruments will switch to the melody, and relapse into a rhythm. The drums will then take the lead and explode into a frenzied solo. Today, I have found many hardcore acts that use drumming to their advantage. None have ever matched the perfection found on Gospel’s The Moon is a Dead World.

What separates Gospel from all the other hardcore acts, is not an easy task to define. At first glance, they are just another hardcore band in an era where mainstream pop digs them underground. The guitar is enhanced by a static overtone, and provides a great melody to go along with the other instruments. The screaming may seem like gibberish a few times, but getting used to such aggressive and hostile vocals is key to respecting any album that features screaming. The lyrics paint a picture of a desolate apocalypse, and salvation is loosely intertwined in the complex web of screams and harmony. With each cymbal crash, did another explosion just go off? Or is it a chain of apocalyptic events, breaking off into an uncontrollable frenzy one by one until nothing is left standing. Each lyric layers off of each other as social commentary, with conversations and even a few soliloquys. Some come off as dialogue to a particular scene, while others are abstract and surreal. Aggressive

Every aspiring drummer should own this album though, and just take in what effects and sounds can be created by a man on a single drum kit. From the fast paced drum rolls, to the ecstatic cymbal crashes; the drums seem to try their best to outshine the other instruments. This said; such a violent and explosive performance should be in the headliners of the album. What this drummer does is splash his own take on the scenario at hand with his drums. The drums never slow down, and just when you think they might calm down, a curveball smashes your teeth in with your bitter expectations. From the shocking drum solo on “Yr Electric Surge is Sweet”, to the tension building performance on “Opium”, nothing is meant to give you time to catch your breath. This may go down as a bible to most hardcore drummers, giving them an influence to outshine what is found here. However, wallowing in such a dream may lead to despair. This is truly magnificent drumming, and every drummer in the hardcore scene should take some notes.

While most bands use ambience and progressive build-ups in long songs, Gospel says “To hell with that!” and gives us an intense nine minute long epic entitled “A Golden Dawn”. It truly is an incredible experience. Such intense and belligerent instrumentals are led by a mesmerizing vocal performance, as screams of direct dialogue and depressing subject material lead the instruments in the dark. The vocals are pin point accurate to the lyrics, as they don’t come off with loud irritated hushes and vain growls; but insane urgency and tight sophistication. It’s as if this is a counterpoint to the desolation found on Godspeed You’s! apocalyptic masterpiece. While the band used ambience and quiet instrumental build ups, Gospel dives knee deep into hell to draw their picture on the paper. There are no progressive or ambient parts on this track, just a fast paced joy ride until the very end.

The Moon is a Dead World can be compared to that of the roller coaster “Storm Rush” at Hershey Park. There are no slow parts, and there is no time for a breath of fresh air. Non-stop adrenaline will course through your veins while each note passes by. No hardcore band has sounded so sublime together to me in such a long time; many bands have tried to nail this sound for ages. Making sure each drum beat, each lyric, and each guitar string flow together in such a harmonic way can only be achieved by incredibly talented performances. This album, boasts that, and then some. I insist anyone interested in music should pick up this album; it is a beautiful experience to listen to in its entirety. It’s never felt so good to have ears.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sixdegrees
August 6th 2013



15770 Comments


nice

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review I wrote a while ago, don't know why I never posted it. Don't know if there is anything else I could have said positively about the album.

mindleviticus
August 6th 2013



7940 Comments


gospel and earthbound rule

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Earthbound=favorite game of all time.
And its a shame they kinda died..

demigod!
August 6th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, i wanna jam this now. i get sooo stoked every time i hear that melotron in the first track, ugh it's like the perfect fusion of prog and hardcore. getting giddy just thinking about it.

oltnabrick
August 6th 2013



29282 Comments


dude, chill out.

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demigod!
August 6th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Slowing Down is Futile.


mindleviticus
August 6th 2013



7940 Comments


tots

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, god thats exactly how I feel every time I put my cd in to play. The second track is pretty kickass too

demigod!
August 6th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

all of them are, its just that one moment whenever i hear i get so fuckin pumped and ready for the ride

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When I played high school basketball, I always listened to the opening track to get pumped. Its incredible how some music can do that.

treeqt.
August 6th 2013



7848 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

totes amazeballs

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Havey
August 6th 2013



9314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hardest same i ever gave

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YakNips
August 6th 2013



4886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this album is fuckin fantastic

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember hearing another album that had a drummer try to sound like this, I saw a live video and he looked rather autistic flailing around on the drums..

demigod!
August 6th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i've heard a rumor that the drummer from Converge plays on this but i'm not sure if it had any truth to it.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Someone from converge produced it.. but idk.

demigod!
August 6th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, the guitarist. that(and the fact that both band's drummers are fantastic)'s why i wouldn't be too shocked if it was true

Gwyn.
August 6th 2013



14005 Comments


"i've heard a rumor that the drummer from Converge plays on this but i'm not sure if it had any truth to it."

that's United Nations dude

treeqt.
August 6th 2013



7848 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pretty sure the batman plays the drums here



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