Coming from Ontario Canada, Gypsy Chief Goliath certainly lives up to their name, at least the third word. On their second album, New Machines of the Night, the band delivers some heavy rock of herculean proportions. And if you're going to go big, then bring the mammoth riffage with not one, not two, but three guitars.
But for GCG it's not simply heavy rock, even though the foundation comes from many of the members history in doom and stoner bands. This latter characteristic is lessened as the band goes after a more melodic rock groove. Then they mix things up, for a blues effect, by throwing in copious amounts of harmonica.
The harmonica line can be surprising and varied across this album. On Are You Pulling Me Through, one of the heaviest songs here merging heavy stoner rock with growling vocals, the harp is withering and spooky. Alternatively, on St. Covens Tavern and Got No Soul, it has the definite blues edge. These two songs also have more of that up tempo rock groove infecting their natural heavier sound. The strongest blues chord is struck in Secret Liaison especially in the first guitar line. Otherwise, in general, New Machines of the Night is purely an exercise in heaviness across the entire album. And if that's your thing, especially with a shot of blues harp, you'll likely dig this album.
Take some dudes with backgrounds in doom and stoner stuff, toss in a heavy rock groove, and a dash of blues harmonica and you get Gypsy Chief Goliath.
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