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AS THE SHADOWS FALL

Godsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.03 | 4 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars This Norwegian band, fronted by Gunder Audun Dragsten (ex Atrox) caused a stir with this album.

I remember the release well because I worked in the biggest magazine in Norway at that time. Godsend, ie Gunder Audun Dragsten, was my first ever band I reviewed and interviewed. It was also a pretty bizarre experience when I called Gunder at his home to arrange the interview. I got his mother, presented myself with my name and the name of the magazine I worked for. His mother then proceeded to give me a solid ear-bashing because I called from a rock magazine. Obviously, Gunder's choice of hobby (music) had not fallen on fertile grounds at home. I was told that her son Gunder was too good for this piece of s**** called rock and he was a very decent young man with a big future ahead of himself. With my ears still bleeding from her words, I eventually got hold of Gunder. A very nice, humble man. I also had a look at his tax returns (which are public in Norway). I think it is safe to say that his mother was spot on after all, judging on Gunder's pretty solid income last year.

Sorry, I am still laughing at the ear-bashing I got from his mother, almost two decades later. And I have not a bad word to say about her or Gunder at all.

Anyway, while I am trying to recover from this fit of laughter, I am supposed to review this album. Gosh !!!

Godsend was and is Gunder Audun Dragsten's band. No less, no more. This album is a natural progression from the 1992 demo. Dan Swano does the vocals as a hired hand. The music is dominated by almost Gregorian chants from Dan Swano. Gunder does all the guitars and the bass here. The guitars are very doomy, the funeral doom way of doom. Again, the similarity with Cathedral (UK) is very obvious. In particular their first album. But there is also some elements of Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass and Black Sabbath here. This album also have a pretty straight rock tune. This gives this album a pretty progressive feel and Godsend a more multi-dimensional expression. I am no longer a fan of this type of doom. But I have a soft spot for this album. A week three stars will suffice.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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