Glocca Morra
Ghoul Intentions


4.5
superb

Review

by grizzlybeard USER (2 Reviews)
February 28th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A powerful rush of heavy guitar riffs and catchy vocal melodies, but also a narrative of the self-aware member of generation x. Glocca Morra pull off their most consistent and enjoyable album to date leaving us wanting more.

All of us remember being required to read the classic novel Of Mice and Men in school. To me, the most interesting character from the book was Lenny. Lenny is most notably recognized as a man who underestimates his own strength, which eventually leads to his downfall. This archetype can be nearly directly drawn from Glocca Morra's Ghoul Intentions EP.

The EP starts off with the song "Professional Confessional" which basically acts as a blueprint for the rest of the album. It contains everything that is to be loved about Ghoul Intentions. It has the heavy guitar tones and distorted vocals, balanced perfectly with catchy guitar hooks. The lyrics range everywhere from comedic to honest to nearly disgusting. "Little Man" carries the same style of heavy guitar riffs and vocal distortion nearly turning into screams. Vocalist Zack Schwartz (also singer for the band Stable Boys) embarrassingly confesses "I like hanging with the dealers, for me there's nothing realer." Then comes the track "Support My Head" which might be one of my favorite tracks from the album. It contains some of the catchiest guitar melodies and one of the most fun choruses to sing along with. Without a single breath of rest, a couple tracks later comes last song titled ""Them"" (is there a limit to how many quotation marks i can use"). This track marks a point in the album where it's not about having fun, but whether or not the fun is even worth it. Zack sings lines like "poster boy for start drinking again, or to stay dry" or "i can't explain myself to myself." And then after two minutes and thirty-six seconds (the longest on the entire release) of rightfully placed scolding, the song ends with no warning.

Ghoul Intentions EP balances a perfect amount of what's fun and what's real. It leaves you wanting more, but at the same time is almost nauseous from it's immediacy. It buys you a beer, then sees you're sneaking peeks at its girl, and punches you in the nuts. Even though it has such thick density and heaviness, it has so much replay power which not all albums can pull off. You don't need to devote much time to it, but it's boldness confuses you on whether you can easily enjoy it, or if its an intense exercise. Therein lies its genius. To put it in broader terms, Ghoul Intentions EP is like a drunk person. At first, they're fun. Then throughout the night they can become belligerent, disgusting, and brutally honest. But whenever you get a phone call from someone who's had a couple drinks, there's an unmistakable hint of something deep down that Ghoul Intentions EP shares, and that is sincerity.


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londoncalling457
February 28th 2012


2711 Comments


saw these guys live, solid ep

pmmets07
February 28th 2012


5984 Comments


this band is sweet. really well-written review although for someone who has never heard of the band the review doesn't really give much of an idea of what to expect. like, calling them a "rock group" for an example is pretty vague.

grizzlybeard
February 28th 2012


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would call it emo, but people who have a predetermined idea of emo might think this was different than they expected.

sportsboy
September 20th 2012


691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just married is more emo, but this is definitely punk

Digging: Sweet Trip - Velocity : Design : Comfort

Thane
February 2nd 2013


2284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules

Damus
September 8th 2013


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"realer" is not a word

Kman418
September 8th 2013


13271 Comments


is this as good as just married

Damus
September 9th 2013


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is better than Just Married

grizzlybeard
September 17th 2013


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"realer" is not a word



Tell glocca morra that

Damus
October 25th 2013


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey I love the album

KevinGoldfinger
July 26th 2016


58 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this band is a little younger than generation x but good review

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2018


23969 Comments


jammin this now, love their other shit



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