Godsized

The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave EP

Written by: AP on 01/12/2010 18:30:50

Were it not for the omission of a busty lady clad in a stars-and-stripes bikini, Godsized's latest EP would have the most stereotypically metal album cover ever. Skeletons, guns, bullets, an ace of spades and the word death represent the most overt and shallow image of the genre, and as such, one might expect the music contained within to be a brief blast of balls-to-the-walls metal. But alas, "The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave" is likely to disappoint the metal of heart, with vocals inspired by grunge laid over a thick, Southern groove.

The Phoney Tough talk about action but, when it comes down to it, are forced to swallow their defiant words. The Crazy Brave are the ones to make good on their promises, whatever it takes. In a sense these two character types personify Godsized with stunning exactitude: the band's promotional material boasts they are a band with considerable substance and breadth, sweating not so much bullets as tactical nuclear missiles, and having what it takes to be the next British band to make an impact on a global scale - whereas musically, the band hovers over indistinct territory between blue collar metal à la Lamb of God and American rock bands like Trapt, presumably in order to carve out their own niche. Granted, coming up with precise references to compare Godsized with is a difficult task, and crazy brave they are in attempting something like this, but all talk of breaking through and causing global tremors ends here. Because if there is one thing that these three songs demonstrate, it's that Godsized lack the pop complexion and, yes, looks, to have mainstream appeal.

That's not necessarily a bad thing though, especially as Godsized are likely one of only a handful of British bands to take on the south state sound. Instrumentally thus, Godsized have exactly what it takes to be an exciting underground phenomenon, with an irresistibly catchy, low groove and solos a plenty. Unfortunately the aforementioned vocals courtesy of Glen Korner fail to give the music the edge it deserves, and for the duration of 15 minutes or so, one entertains a false hope that at some point, Randy Blythe would take over. But sadly he doesn't. It's not that Glen Korner lacks power or range in his croon, but his hairless singing renders the songs disappointingly emotionless. Stuff like this demands an impassioned, redneck growl to complete the ballsy instrumentation.

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Download: The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave, Bleed on the Inside
For the fans of: A Life Once Lost, Lamb of God, Monster Magnet
Listen: Myspace

Release date 17.09.2010
Global Music Ltd.

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