Geryon
Geryon


3.5
great

Review

by ChoccyPhilly USER (15 Reviews)
March 24th, 2015 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death metal with just drums and bass which suffers from an identity crisis.

It's been difficult to not notice the current trend of bands consisting of just bass and drums, most notably Royal Blood with their recent success. When taken at face value, the sound of these bands often doesn't come across as outlandish in any sense but it's only upon realisation that the lead instrument is bass that this unique make up suffers from an identity crisis. Whether or not the idea was intended to make a 2 man project sound like a 3 or 4 man project is debatable but it's easy to say that there isn't anything inherently special or unique in making a bass guitar sound almost identical to a normal guitar. Then comes in Geryon, hailing from New York, bringing in a more lateral approach to this idea: death metal.

The mere mention of making death metal with such bare instruments is seemingly absurd, yet I find that Geryon quell any thoughts of initial doubt instantaneously. 'De Profundis', the opening track, is a microcosm of the band and EP. Aggressively thumping drum patterns drive the track forward whilst warm and round bass tones add a much needed support to the guttural vocals. The atmosphere created almost lends itself to sludge metal in similar vein to Gorguts, yet remarkably does so with just two band members. 'Lament' takes the ideas found in the first track a step further by being more manic, chaotic and disorientating in a 2 minute long cacophony and it's particularly refreshing to note that meticulous detail has gone into how well the drum patterns compliment the bass tones. Furthermore, each track incorporates a brief outro, normally quite sombre and bleak and does a subtle job to break up the EP. Geryon, however, are not infallible. The closer of the EP, 'To Be Silenced', is drawn out much longer than necessary and feels redundant in the grand scheme of things; the same can be said for the rest of the EP but it's most prominent within this track. Also, the band's sound just appears to be far too similar to Gorguts in every sense possible, which isn't completely a poor aspect but they don't quite live up to their role models' superior songwriting capabilities. The only quality that truly discriminates them from Gorguts is the fact that the band don't use a guitar, which will only really have an effect on the listener if they choose it to. That's not to take anything away from Geryon though and the EP is an impressively solid introduction to everything the band has to offer overall. However, it has to be said that the line is sadly drawn there and then; it's impressive but nothing more.



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ChoccyPhilly
March 24th 2015


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been a while since I've reviewed and it's good to be back! Tell me how I did!



Album stream: http://geryon.bandcamp.com

Digging: Gloo (UK) - XYZ

Tunaboy45
March 24th 2015


17258 Comments


Whoah, a choccy review.
Short, sweet and to the point. Enjoyed reading so have a pos.

ChoccyPhilly
March 24th 2015


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man. Give it a listen too if Gorguts is your kind of thing.



been pretty busy with schoolwork, so haven't been able to do monthly reviews anymore but don't worry, you'll get to that point soon ;)

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2015


19243 Comments


Pos, good review dude this was an enjoyable listen. Reminded me that I need to listen to gorguts more, incredible band.

Digging: Steven Wilson - The Future Bites

Mort.
March 24th 2015


15689 Comments


"in similar vain to"

Should be "vein"

" geryon however, are not infallible"

Should be capitalized


Good rev overall tho man, posd


Also maybe change the summary because someone reading that could mistake you for meaning its a mix of the genres drum n bass and death metal



Digging: Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red

ChoccyPhilly
March 25th 2015


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ahh gotcha, thanks mort and talons.

Tunaboy45
March 25th 2015


17258 Comments


been pretty busy with schoolwork, so haven't been able to do monthly reviews anymore but don't worry, you'll get to that point soon ;)

I'm already getting there haha, been wanting to do another review but haven't had the time to sit down and pen one. Love the artwork for this too.

ComeToDaddy
March 25th 2015


1828 Comments


Edit: fixed

The whole second paragraph is fantastic, a few little writing errors ('Lament'takes has no space) but it's no biggie. The content of the review is killer, it just seems like you wrote the introductory paragraph in a real hurry and didn't take any time to proofread. Love ya work Phil, just make sure you look over it once or twice once you finish writing.

ChoccyPhilly
March 25th 2015


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feedback Guys. Will be sure to implement those changes.

Sabrutin
March 25th 2015


7357 Comments


This sounds interesting, and the cover artwork is pretty cool. Have a pos.

ComeToDaddy
March 25th 2015


1828 Comments


Reads a lot smoother now man, pos'd

Mewcopa0
March 25th 2015


1878 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember enjoying this quite a lot, for what it is. Another bass/drum only band you gotta check out Necromantia (specifically Scarlet Evil Witching Black). It's pretty impressive.

CaptainDooRight
March 25th 2015


4352 Comments


what the fart

ChoccyPhilly
February 12th 2016


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh shit, these boys are releasing a new album in April, yesssss



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