Gospel – ‘The Moon is a Dead World’ + ‘Tango’

Posted on 10/08/2011

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As a man of impeccable taste, I say with certainty that Gospel‘s The Moon is a Dead World is unlike any other album I’ve ever listened to. Screamo, prog, hardcore and psychedelia are spliced together to create one of the most innovative yet under-appreciated records within recent memory. I’m extremely cautious throwing around the ‘progressive’ tag, because this band has little to do with the twenty minute drum solos, masturbatory guitar showmanship and general excess associated with the genre. The closest the band gets to that sort of thing is the nine intense and, despite its length, captivating minutes that make up ‘A Golden Dawn’. Impressive, skittering drumming, angular, slightly Middle Eastern-tinged guitar-playing (see ‘Opium’), howling, manic vocals and, yes, keyboards are all to be expected on this album, but don’t bother if the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘prog’ is weedy, Yes shirt-toting dudes playing mellotrons. This record is in a (dead?) world of its own, one where kids worship Damaged and Larks’ Tongues in Aspic in equal measure, and you need to listen to it.

The band broke up shortly after releasing the full-length in 2005, but announced last year that they had reunited, resulting in the single ‘Tango’, showcasing a huge, bizarre development of their vocals in particular. It’s a grower, but, in my opinion, lives up to the material on The Moon… Unfortunately, the band is rumoured to have broken up once more, and, though they haven’t announced it, the lack of any news about them whatsoever seems to be some kind of confirmation. Regardless, make this day a good one and take a listen.

Gospel – ‘The Moon is a Dead World

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Gospel – ‘Tango’

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