Friday 10 January 2020

REVIEW: Gawthrop, "Gawthrop"

By: Peter Morsellino

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 31/01/2020
Label: Cursed Monk Records

“GAWTHROP” CD//DD track listing:

1). Exhaust
2). Guru
3). Blowtorch
4). Irene

The Review:

I consider myself to be something of a connoisseur of heavy music. I've heard A LOT of it in these past 30 years. It is not often that something makes me stop and turn my head based on pure power alone. But every now and again, I come across a sound that leaves me so absolutely aghast that I simply cannot find the words to describe it. Completely speechless. Gawthrop is one such band to create these sounds. As such I was forced to consult my handy dictionary, and beginning with the most logical starting point, this is what I was able to piece together.

Heavy; immoderate, thick, dense, difficult to bear. This is truly the only way to describe the music of Gawthrop. This is an all-consuming sound. One that wraps you up and can be difficult to escape from. This will not be an album for everyone, but if this particular brand of Sludge tends to peak your interest, then its time to listen up.
Coming off of a tent pole year for the band, with the release of their first demo and a string of high profile performances including an opening slot for Eyehategod, Gawthrop is poised to dominate the scope of heavy music in the year to come. With earbud exploding riffs and a beat that rattles the earth to its very core, Gawthrop is a full on sonic attack.

With the physical rerelease of their demo forthcoming, Gawthrop sets out to show the world at large just what they have to offer. This Korean Sludge outfit storms out of the gate and tramples everything in its way. Right from the start, opening track “Exhaust” batters you with its dense atmosphere and thunderous beat. The assault continues with comparatively riotous riffing of “Guru”, before slowing down with some beautiful ambient tones that kick off funeral dirge “Blowtorch”. The real star of this show is the rerelease exclusive “Irene”, a driving sludge rocker of the highest quality.

In under twenty minutes, Gawthrop beats you down and bludgeons you with noise and leaves you begging for more. This is a band to keep an eye on. Great things are to come.

“GAWTHROP” is available HERE

Band info: bandcamp || facebook