Last year The Equal Ground reviewed TV|EP by Godfrey Turner Overdrive. The EP is a powerful expressive meld of punk rock, post-rock and hardcore. Godfrey Turner Overdrive is back with Visceral Light, which further solidifies the band as a genre bending group who will appeal to a vast demographic. This EP is impressive not only because of the dynamic balance between intensity and atmosphere but that hipsters, punks, emo kids and hardcore fanatics can find something to latch on to here. Like surgeons the band finds a way to please multiple sides but it never seems forced; a skill that many bands and artists have failed at.
The band’s ability to pull off intense distorted guitar action backed by pounding drums and bass is evident in the opener “Simple Words.” They reach some epic peaks in the song like right before the two-minute mark where they rock out Rage Against The Machine style. The second track “In Your Head” is where they start displaying the dynamic nature of the band. It starts off rather heavy but the second half is ethereal, atmospheric and rather beautiful at times. I admire the structure. A less skilled band would probably go soft first then heavy but the unusual structure was an unexpected pleasure.
“Limbo” is like a roller coaster going from light to heavy and back again with little warning. The distorted guitar is jagged and leaves waves of distortion as the vocalist sings. A delayed guitar adds another layer of depth before hitting a climax.
The highlight of the album was “Fractured Intentions w/Brad White” as the band’s strengths are put on full display. I got caught up in the disparate vocal parts and pure rush of the combined instrumentation towards the end of the song. It was chaotic one moment and then clean ambience the next. They close with “Break The Habit,” which is a song that gains more energy as it progresses.
I have to give it up for Godfrey Turner Overdrive. They found a niche that not many bands explore and are making it sound good. Rock on.
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