Published Oct 09, 2020Metal music, when applied correctly, can explore a plethora of complicated emotions. Gargoyl's self-titled debut album succeeds in this task by taking its listeners on a emotional rollercoaster that is full of sonic twists and turns. Luke Roberts and company have created a sonically unnerving masterpiece that is the perfect soundtrack for our times.
In a field of music that often prides itself on becoming further and further dissonant, Gargoyl thrive in finding melody through unorthodox means. Frontman Luke Roberts is able to weave Layne Staley-style vocal patterns in ways that almost seem impossible. Take the song "Waltz Dystopia" for example; instrumentally, the song becomes more and disorienting and dissonant while the vocals become more melodic. It is this juxtaposition throughout the album that makes Gargoyl stand out amongst others.
Gargoyl's album builds up to many climactic moments throughout. Whether it is the euphoric chorus on "Plastic Nothing" or the mind-bending guitar solo on "Nightmare Conspiracy," Gargoyl have the kind of contrast that works to constantly demand the listener's attention throughout. Just when you think you have the record figured out, Gargoyl offer you another nuance to consider.
Gargoyl have truly created a metal album to be excited about. The combination of Alice in Chains grunge mixed with modern progressive metal yields an album unlike any other this year. For a record that brings back the kind of youthful excitement one has upon discovering metal for the first time, Gargoyl is an experience unlike any other. (Season of Mist)