Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Goreshack - Surf.Mosh.Kill.

Goreshack are a band from Fresno, California who found a decent amount of success with their debut, self-titled EP in 2010. Fans have long since been waiting for a follow-up release and this March the masses get their wish. Unable to gain proper funding, probably due to the extremely limited release of their Goreshack EP (reviewed here), the horror/surf inspired band went online to seek donations, raising above and beyond their desired amount. Partially funded by fans, were the donations and prolonged wait period worth the outcome that is Surf.Mosh.Kill?

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: March 2nd, 2013
  1. The Sewage Serenade
  2. Goreshack
  3. Big Tits & Zombie Flicks
  4. Welcome to the Shredmill
  5. Surfing Through the Eyes of the Dead
  6. The Breastilence
  7. S.M.K. (Surf Mosh Kill)
  8. The Curse of Brosferatu
  9. Beercan Burial
  10. Surf Nazis Must Die!
Total Playtime: 36 minutes, 54 seconds





Rating: 9.0/10





Goreshack are a band from Fresno, California who found a decent amount of success with their debut, self-titled EP in 2010. Fans have long since been waiting for a follow-up release and this March the masses get their wish. Unable to gain proper funding, probably due to the extremely limited release of their Goreshack EP (reviewed here), the horror/surf inspired band went online to seek donations, raising above and beyond their desired amount. Partially funded by fans, were the donations and prolonged wait period worth the outcome that is Surf.Mosh.Kill.?

The album opens up with a humorous, short skit about a kid trying to convince his masturbating father that he should come listen to the new Goreshack album with him. This skit is then followed by a brief, horror inspired intro; complete with crashing waves and screaming women. Soon, dissonant picking coupled with slow, ring-out riffs and appropriate backing drums kick in; very much unlike their EP, which shoved every element at the listener from the get-go. The slow build up helps set the atmosphere for the rest of the album, and it goes really well with the album art also. An awesome feature about Surf.Mosh.Kill. is that the band have kept in some reoccurring themes, quite a few songs talk about the weredude and "The Breastilence" references a disease known as the dreaded air herpes; "The Weredude" and "The Dreaded Air Herpes" both being tracks from the group's debut EP. Furthermore, "S.M.K. (Surf Mosh Kill)" is similarly named to "G.S.M. (Gore Surf Metal)". The band have also kept in their amusing, signature audio snippets; one even coming from the Tales of the Crypt crypt keeper himself .


The production quality is fairly high grade but still a little raw, which gives the overall material a gritty tone that sticks heavily to the guitars and vocals. Darren and Thor, the two vocalists, work together creatively to keep the vocal elements from becoming monotonous and fetid; Darren provides fast, thrashy anthems while Thor belts out deep, harsh death metal growls. There are abundantly more leads and solos compared to Goreshack's earlier material, one of the best being found backed by a catchy surfer rhythm section in "The Curse of Brosferatu"; the addition of more leads helps to give the listener a sense of the two guitars present, something their initial EP lacked. While the leads have a cleaner tone to them, the rhythm guitar packs a powerful punch with a deeply distorted tone and palm-muted riffs aplenty. The woody bass is still highly audible, a much welcomed touch that distinctively carves the unique sound of the band straight into each track. The drums that were mixed too low in Goreshack's EP are now brought to more detectable levels and, along with the ever present bass, create the defining surfer rock structures that the band are so renowned for. Thanks to the proper mixing on the drums, the surf inspired infusion is really brought to a head in this content. Rather than being heard for a few seconds here and there, this aspect pervades nearly every track on Surf.Mosh.Kill.; making it stand out exponentially above any party/humor thrash metal heard elsewhere.

"Goreshack", "Big Tits & Zombie Flicks", "Welcome to the Shredmill", "S.M.K. (Surf Mosh Kill)", "The Curse of Brosferatu" and "Beercan Burial" are the most unrivaled tracks of Surf.Mosh.Kill., in that they perfectly convey every ingredient that it takes to create a catchy, head-bangable thrash melody with a surf rock imprint. "Big Tits & Zombie Flicks" and "S.M.K. (Surf Mosh Kill)" both have memorable chants with grooving rhythms that stick in the listener's brain like flesh on a hot stove element; you just can't scrape it off. "Goreshack", "Welcome to the Shredmill", and "The Curse of Brosferatu" are structurally the most pleasing to the ear, with an overflow of enthralling rhythms, beats, double bass drumming and shredding leads. "Beercan Burial" is your basic beer craving, party inducing thrash track with hilarious lyrics that mock slam dancing and tells the story that many of us know so well; trying to find more beer while having minimal cash.

A campy horror album with cheesy yet entertaining lyrics, catchy chants, a high dosage of surf influence and B-Grade sound quality, Surf.Mosh.Kill. will pleasantly please both those that donated money to its production and those that didn't. The material stays fresh, you may even be able to wear the disc out before the tracks ever fail to be entertaining. An absolute must listen, and one of the more unique full-lengths to come out in recent years. Goreshack have really impressed with their first full-length album. Get it in a variety of formats on March 2nd, 2013; but hurry, the album will be limited to 50 copies on cassette and 500 on vinyl with an unlimited CD release.

Digital Download Provided by: Goreshack

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