Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Gargoyl - S/T


 Now this is an exciting one. Gargoyl is the long anticipated side project from Revocation's Dave Davidson, and Ayahuasca's Luke Roberts. After the band released their monster Asomatous demo back in 2019 the underground was abuzz at the potential this band brought to the table. With their self titled debut, Gargoyl continue to dance around genre descriptions and drive towards something twisted and addictive. There is a very real magic to this band and the way they conjure up bleak and potent imagery that just keeps coming. 

There are a lot of wonderful interlocking layers on Gargoyl. The clean vocals are wondrous, almost chanted and really leaning into the bizarro twists and turns that hel pto make this band such a titanic force. The production as a general rule is excellent. There are nooks and crannies in this record that reflect a breadth of songwriting dedication you don't often see in side projects. The way the dissonant chords crumble under big choruses on a track like 'Plastic Nothing' before diving into sprawling jazzy chord progressions is breathtaking. Gargoyl's PR wire opted to call them 'Progressive Grunge' and while that's an oxymoron - it's also as good a take as any as to what the band have pieced together here. 

Gargoyl is a masterful offering and one that will continue to capture the imagination time and time again. There are so many delicious twists and turns on this record that you're going to find yourself falling in love time and time again. The band have been able to build on their early promise and craft a record that is varied, exciting and full of thrilling new takes on the genre of the sort that I haven't seen in a very long time. Gargoyl have outdone themselves - who knows how they will top it on the follow up?

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