Words and Photos by Tony Gaskin
Those Southern Groove Rockers Godsized are back out on the road to promote the upcoming album, Time and they kicked off their UK/Europe tour here in Brum at The Asylum 2, courtesy of a bright, young promotion outfit, Black Bullet Live who have been putting on some great gigs this last 12 months and did well to rescue this one after the demise of the Birmingham Ballroom.
Apologies first though to Severed Ties for missing your set, by all accounts you got the evening off to a great start. No doubt we will catch you guys around at some time!
First up for me then was Shebrew. This was Doom at it’s slugeiest, the riffs didn’t so much resonate, more like riquocheted around the intimate closeness of the venue. Even with a stand in bass player the set was almost flawless. Heavy licks and psychedelic undertones merged into one seamless, hypnotic opus. Underlying the whole thing was the intricate guitar melodies from Col Trend, adding that extra depth to the music which binded it all together.
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Tour partners for Godsized are Wiltshire-based Eye For An Eye. Completely unknown to me before tonight I wasn’t sure what to expect. Describing themselves as Southern Groove, they start off brightly, BLS and Down are obvious influences and the riffage is heavy and groovy, just like it says on the tin, but for me they don’t quite hit the mark. Being a three piece, they lacked a real depth of sound, they were tight for the most part, and despite a couple of hic-cups I really liked the drumming, but I felt they need a second guitarist to help fill out the sound, it all got a bit samey, although they did redeem it a little with their last song.
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So, onto Godsized. It’s been a couple of years since these guys graced the home of metal and they’ve been very busy working on the new album Time.
Tonight’s the first night of their tour to promote that album and judging by the new songs on show tonight, we’re in for a real treat. This is how you make music heavy, groovy and melodic all in one go, Glen Korner is one of our finest home grown vocalists and they can bang out the tunes to match.
The mix of older tunes and new material keep the crowd very happy, this is a class act on the cusp of bigger things. They remind me very much of when I first saw Shinedown in similar surroundings and would go down very well over the pond, I highly recommend that you get out and catch this band live, new track “Heavy Load” was immense.
The album is officially out in March but you can pick up copies on the tour. The first single “Heavy Load” is available to stream for free now from the bands Soundcloud page, just head to their website for details of tour dates.
More on Godsized at these links:
And you can see more of Tony’s photos from the night below: