Lets Play God are a four piece from Glasgow and first track, ‘A Lesson in Indestructability’ is laid on the table like a metal ace in a potential winning poker hand. They cite some old school metal bands (Metallica, Machinehead, Motorhead) as influences but what strikes me about this track is how much it reminded me of The Offspring and Bad Religion, albeit after it’s been through the furnace and tempered a few times. It has a rapping groove that hits you between the eyes like a Glasgow Kiss, Rob Grinch provides a suitable ground glass growl, but it is ground cut-glass.
‘Black Skull’ is all grinding riff, growling vocals and hard groove. Third track ‘Isolation’ is more grind than punk, the mid-section is almost purely distorted guitar, and the vocals are speedy and raw.
Final track ‘When All Else Fails’ starts with a melancholy riff and appears to be the doomy ballad of the EP, a third of the way through though however the tempo cranks up and morphs into another punky grind. Was it a winning hand, not quite, more a full house than four aces. This is another ‘in house band’ doing everything for themselves, but the production is good and the product a short but raw precursor to a future album maybe.
1. A Lesson in Indestructability
2. Black Skull
4. When All Else Fails
Lets Play God are:
Rob Grinch – Vocals
John Urquhart – Guitar
Chris Clarke – Bass
John Coll – Drums