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Glasgow Coma Scale
(Enter Oblivion)
2016
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Post rock
Sounds Like:
Mogwai, Caspian, My Sleeping Karma
The name of this band and their album cover peaked our curiosity, so naturally we dug a little deeper to find meaning behind the name. The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a common medical scoring system used to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a traumatic brain injury. Basically, it is used to help gauge the severity of an acute brain injury. The test is simple, reliable, and correlates well with outcome following severe brain injury (taken from brainline.org). This peaked our interest even further as Glasgow Coma Scale from Germany brings forth some majestic, soaring instrumental Post-rock. The trio possess tremendous chemistry which is evident in their musicianship and have a distinct vision of where they want to take their music.

Fans of traditional Post-rock artists like Caspian or Explosions in the Sky will gravitate to this easily. If you prefer a more stoner sound like My Sleeping Karma or Monkey 3, these guys will fill that void as well. The bottom line is Glasgow Coma Scale have a refreshing sound that doesn’t pigeon hole them as just a Post-rock band.

What are the highlights of the album?
We love the entire album as a whole, but one of the highlights is the last cut “Birthland”. This eight minute track so fucking smooth and elegant as it dances between classic and heavy Post-rock.  The programming from band member Piotr Kowalski is spot on, as it adds an element of psychedelic richness. “Silent Bird,” is another outstanding track. Besides the intriguing song name, this one is just so entertaining, it seems we hear something new upon each listen… these guys are really taking this genre to other levels.  We can go on and on, but take our word for it, each track has its own special moments that will have you in awe.

How is the production value?
The production is excellent, each band member plays to their strengths and nothing gets overshadowed or overdone. It’s a well-balanced album and you can tell the band took their time to create this Post-rock masterpiece.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
We definitely recommend a flavorful brew. Grab some Sierra Nevada Maple Scotch Ale. This 7.3% ABV scotch ale has a tremendous deep malt flavor with a hint of sweet maple… a great cold weather beer.

What are our final thoughts on Enter Oblivion?
We couldn’t be more stoked with this release, it must be difficult to create an album of this magnitude and have it stand out among their peers. Glasgow Coma Scale has subconsciously become one of our favorite Post-rock bands within the past few months. Also, check out their label Fluttery Records as they specialize in all sorts of Post, ambiance and modern classical rock. - 3/19/2017

Tracklist:
1. Sonda 05:15
2. Southern Crosses 05:48
3. Northern Wastes 06:41
4. Venice Calling 04:41
5. Ghost Not Found 05:12
6. Silent Bird 08:49
7. Birthland 08:05

Band Members:
Piotr Kowalski - Guitars/Soundscapes/Programming
Marek Kowalski - Bass
Helmes Bode - Drums

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