Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Goreshack - Goreshack

Goreshack are a horror/surfing themed thrash/death metal group straight out of California that have been kicking around since 2009. By now, most music lovers have at least heard of the older surf rock bands that were geared towards the surfing crowd of the 1950's and 60's; The B52s, The Beach Boys, and Dick Dale to name a few. The band fuse a unique blend of these surf rock influences into the thrash/death metal genre with the incorporation of grooving bass lines, heavy riffs and humorous lyrics. How well does this fusion work together? Find out with this review of Goreshack's debut EP, Goreshack.

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: June 1st, 2010
  1. The Dreaded Air Herpes
  2. Monsterbation
  3. The Weredude
  4. G.S.M. (Gore Surf Metal)
Total Playtime: 15 minutes, 21 seconds





Rating: 10/10







Goreshack are a horror/surfing themed thrash/death metal group straight out of California that have been kicking around since 2009. By now, most music lovers have at least heard of the older surf rock bands that were geared towards the surfing crowd of the 1950's and 60's; The B52s, The Beach Boys, and Dick Dale to name a few. The band fuse a unique blend of these surf rock influences into the thrash/death metal genre with the incorporation of grooving bass lines, heavy riffs and humorous lyrics. How well does this fusion work together? Find out with this review of Goreshack's debut EP, Goreshack.

This short-but-strong EP wastes no time waiting to maul the ear drums of the listener. From the second that the play button is pressed, the audience is greeted with fast blast beats, in-your-face deep growling vocals and bulky guitar shredding. Musically, the majority of the material present is your standard party thrash soundtrack; think early Municipal Waste, I.E. The Art of Partying, except with heavier distortion and better vocals. There are two vocalists, Thor and Darren, who alternate lyrical lines and occasionally share the same one; Thor provides the main death metal inspired vocals while Darren is more of a back-up thrash vocalist. The two work together seamlessly to tell the sick, twisted tales that make this content so uniquely entertaining.


The bass stays at a consistently audible level throughout the entire EP, giving it that grooving surf feel of old; "The Weredude" even ends on a short, sweet bass solo and the content periodically provides mini-breaks for bass heavy segments. The guitars are mainly straightforward power chord riffing with high distortion and have some well placed tremolo picking thrown in for zest. "Monsterbation" and "The Weredude" have the most stand out incorporation of surf rock elements, which are largely comprised of throwbacks to surf classics such as the twangy, fast paced "Miserlou" by Dick Dale. The drum patterns have a good variety of rolls and hi-hat hits, but are generally made up of blast beats. The drumming has a tendency to get lost in the mix, swallowed up by the guitar distortion, and when it is heard it is a little off beat; however these flaws do not hinder the overall enjoyability of the record.

The lyrics are one of the biggest and best features of Goreshack; they are definitely worth at least one or two read-throughs while listening to the content. Humorous, morbid and downright perverse, "The Dreaded Air Herpes" references to sexually transmitted disease that end up becoming an airborne virus which is similar to the zombie plague, "Monsterbation" is an entire song about jerking off to horror movies and "The Weredude" is truly where Goreshack's writing talent shines the brightest, telling the tale of a guy named Greg and how he ended up transforming into a rabid, brewfeasting, wave riding fiend hellbent on destroying sucky bands. "G.S.M." is a hidden bonus track that doesn't officially appear on the EP's track-listing, but it is basically the band's theme song that is a tell-all of exactly what they're about; gore, surfing and metal.

An undiscovered gem that truly deserves more recognition, Goreshack's debut self-titled EP is a unique entry to the world of metal and is an incredible kick-start to their career. Originally, the EP was limited to a small 100 copies that came with a special letter from 'The Weredude', but now everyone can enjoy this power packed album for the low cost of free on the group's official Bandcamp. Highly recommended and a must hear for every metalhead, especially those that enjoy a little perverted humor with their thrash.

Digital Download Provided by: Goreshack

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