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Girish & The Chronicles: Back On Earth - Reissue
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Girish & The Chronicles: Back On Earth

Heavy Metal Rock
5.0/5.0

If you recall, about a year ago many of us were first introduced to Girish & The Chronicles (GATC) when they dropped their Frontiers Music debut album, Hail To The Heroes, which was also their third long player. While not an international phenomena (at least not yet, or they should be), in their native India, GATC are known as stalwart purveyors of classic heavy metal rock. In light of the success of their latest album, GATC, via Frontiers, has reissued their acclaimed debut album, Back On Earth.

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The original album, released in 2014, was the culmination of a very young band working very hard and dropping most of the songs as singles between 2009 and 2013. Many of the songs reflect their life experiences of being dirt poor, foot loose and fancy free, and desiring to make it big making classic metal. This reissue is actually a re-recording of the original songs because, over the years and in live performances, the band has made changes to the song arrangements, while keeping most of the vocal tracks. It's more like a fresh take on a classic album.



Honestly, and generally speaking, I do not review reissues of any album. But the re-recording reissue of GATC's first album demands attention for some very good reasons. First, as an example of the international influence of traditional heavy metal rock, this is simply a fantastic representation. Classic hard rock and heavy metal continue to exist because they are musical genres that transcend nations and cultures. It's a universal musical language that unites rather than divides (unlike some other genres which will go unmentioned here). Which leads to the second reason. GATC's music invokes the essential elements: Epic guitar work with strong riffs and wild guitar solos; blistering, often speedy, rock groove from the rhythm section; and song arrangements that don't ignore the importance song melody and harmony. In other words, GATC gets it. They know classic heavy metal rock and our quite talented at creating the same.



As for the songs, they speak for themselves. The heavy metal rock is present and undeniable with The Golden Crown, I Wanna Get That Lovin' Again, Loaded, and Hey You. The Revolving Barrel is a longer tour-de-force of metal rock with mixed tempos moved by a driving bass and drum line. True to classic metal rock form, GATC includes two rising anthemic ballads: Angel and Smile Little Child, which include some keys and the sin qua non epic guitar solo.

Perhaps the pinnacle of songs is the first, Ride To Hell. It's a straight up, speedy, fist-pumping heavy metal rock song. If, like me, you're a metal veteran from back in the day, this song will give you some mid-Eighties deja vu. Maybe some goose bumps. Dust off your denim kutte with band patches, pump your fist, and fuckin' rock out. (If you're young(er), then you'll know what your parents, or grandparents, are going on about regarding the good old days, and you'll want to raid their record collection.)

All said, if you love classic heavy metal rock made relevant and influential for today, you need to buy this re-recording reissue of Girish & The Chronicles's debut album, Back On Earth. It's a fine representation of the former and a significant accomplishment for the band. Easily and quite recommended.

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The Take Away

If you love classic heavy metal rock made relevant and influential for today, you need to buy this re-recording reissue of Girish & The Chronicles's debut album, Back On Earth. It's a fine representation of the former and a significant accomplishment for the band. Easily and quite recommended.

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