Godhead Lizard
ST
(2018)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Clutch, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity
Monday, June 25, 2018
Don’t let the oddball album cover and band name fool you. Godhead Lizard’s debut album is loaded with quality craftsmanship. Perhaps there is some distant relationship with one of our favorite bands, the Jesus Lizard, although no connectivity in sound. Hailing from Quebec Canada the foursome unleashes some old school fuzzed-out grunge. The focal point of the band being Vince’s brute vocals. It harkens us back to old school Clutch, TAD, and COC. The five tracks are filled with terrific contrast, build-up and precision fretwork. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Weight of the Heavy
9.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.3 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.1 out of 11

Vocal Performance
9.2 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.8 out of 11

Contrast
9.4 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
7.1 out of 11

Production Value
8.7 out of 11

What is the standout track?
While we were impressed with the unique distortion and spoken word of "Ancient Suns," The true prize has to go to the closer "Dreamstone". The fuzziest of the five tracks spirals into new territory with expansive and free-flowing ominous landscapes. Vince’s voice on this track is filled with despair and suspense. The deep rich base compliments the piercing fuzz and dark appeal.

Any recommendations for the band? 
They do a superb job bringing things down to make the build-ups all the more powerful. Some of the band’s hooks, however, can be a bit overdone. For example the melodies on "Mirage" are a bit excessive and tiring. The band is better going off the grid with less focus on a common hook or melody.

What adult beverage pairs well with this amphibious album?
The Canadian vibrancy in The Shawinigan Handshake (6.5% ABV) a hazy, peach-coloured beer with notes of bread, banana and spruce, reflecting the flavours of German yeast and Chinook hops. With explosive effervescence, the palate blends soft wheat flavours with bitter hops that linger on for a dry, refreshing finish. The perfect native ‘godhead’ experience to support your palate and compliment your sonic well-being.

Lasting Impression:
The debut from Godhead Lizard is much more thought provoking and elaborate than you would think after first blush of the album cover. This is exactly our mission. To point out those albums that are flying under the radar and deserve your attention. Do not gloss this one over. The foursome have a dark and diverse story to tell, well deserving of a mainstay in your heavy rotation. - 6/26/2018

Track listing:
1. Dingir -7:54
2. Aphelia - 5:12
3. Ancient Suns - 9:02
4. Mirage - 5:51
5. Dreamstone - 8:49

Band members:
Vince - vocals
Jo - drums
Nick - guitar
Phil - bass

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