Godsized – Time Another band classed in the ‘Southern Rock’ genre and frankly I’m losing the plot on what defines it. I’ve been around long enough that to me Southern Rock is Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet and Skynyrd, good ‘ole boys from the Southern States drinking whiskey and simultaneously playing the hell out of their geetars.
Godsized hail from Croydon….. Opening with ‘Soul Taker’ this is riffy and rocky, the guitars are dirty and there’s a grungy Chris Cornell vocal which I really love. This was the ‘sticky’ song, the one that stayed in my head.
’Through to You’, has a some nice hooky riffs, accents and real groove. ‘Heavy Load’ is the single (available for free download – click here for details). It opens with a very tasty riff and dirty distorted guitars, this one has a real southern rock feel to it.
‘It’s a Hanging’ opens with something that is starting to grate a bit now; I’d already noticed it in previous tracks. The mix on the crash cymbals is too high in the mix. This track is frankly dirge like, guitars, bass and vocals are all gloomy, I want to love it but I don’t, it’s dreary. Those cymbals are like a dripping tap now and really getting on my nerves, it’s distracting.
Moving on to the obligatory ‘ballad’ ‘Mother’, again the opening has a dirge like quality but builds up to something pretty powerful with a swaying melody, if it was more anthemic it would be great to wave your lighter or phone app (depending on how old school you are). It drifts into very Floydian waters in the middle eight which I quite like, followed by a nice heartfelt solo. But what is going on with those f**king crash cymbals, I‘m starting to think the producer works for Paiste.
Hurrah, ‘Moving On’ must have been mixed on a different day, the crashes are toned down but still making their presence felt. This is a standard modern southern rocker but more laid back than most and must surely feature one of the longest held notes in a rock song ever. OK I admit it, I timed it, 14 seconds, still not beating Freddy Curci’s 30 second ending note of AOR power ballad ‘When I’m with You’ but pretty impressive nonetheless.
‘No Reprieve’ is bit of a filler, it didn’t stand out for me. ‘Final Act’ starts with nice deep twangy guitar, thumping drums and suitably Southern vocals, I’m liking it. Half way through however the mix on the cymbals starts to make its presence felt again. ‘Perfect Moment’ and ‘The Bounty Hunter’ are the thrashers, with heavy guitars, nice riffs and guess what? They come back to a more pure Southern Rock style with ballad ‘One More Time’, and oddly, given my dislike of ballads, I think this is probably my favourite track on the album, the semi acoustic is sweet as honey’ed Jack summoning up visions of porches, bourbon and tumble weed. ‘Still Waiting’ rocks along finishing the album in fine style, and would be a set closer for certain.
All in all I found this a mixed bag with some killer and some filler but in honesty my biggest issue was the mix on the drums, on occasion it distracted totally from what was going on. I’ve listened a few times and I would recommend it. I enjoyed it, but would it go on repeat play? Possibly not. Would I go and see them live? Absolutely! I suspect they are very much one of those live band who don’t quite translate in the studio.
1) Soul Taker
2) Through to You
3) Heavy Load (single)
4) It’s a Hanging
6) Moving on
7) No Reprieve
8) Final Act
9) Perfect Moment
10) The Bounty Hunter
11) One More Time
12) Still Waiting
Glen Korner- Vocals & Guitars
Neil Fish – Guitars
Gavin Kerrigan – Bass
Dan Kavanagh – Drums