Gozu – Remedy (Review)

Gozu - RemedyGozu are a stoner/grunge band from the US and this is their fifth album.

Remedy contains 49 minutes of stoner rock and metal mixed with a healthy dose of grunge. Imagine a mix of Clutch, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity, and Mastodon, and you’ll have a decent idea of where Gozu are coming from.

Anything stoner-related is difficult to raise up from the levels of the mediocre, in my humble opinion. Gozu manage this easily though, and exist at the apex of the style. This is at least partially down to the fact that they don’t limit themselves to purely the stoner genre, and instead incorporate other elements into their sound. Most noticeably they have a heavy grunge aspect to their music, but other influences appear too, including heavy psych and some very metal riffs.

Remedy is song-focused and packed with killer riffs and infectious singing. The songs are catchy, well-written, and full of the sort of hooks that hit hard upon first listen, but hit harder every time after that. Each track has its own identity and creative driving force, and taken as a whole Remedy boasts an enviable collection of tunes. The album feels very complete, and there are highlights everywhere you look.

The groove is delicious, and the riffs bountiful and thick as mountains. The singer’s voice is really strong, and the various harmonies and choruses that are used across the songs are very well-performed.

Remedy is a damn good album. Play it at a loud volume and get caught up in the heavy riffs and tasty vocals.

Very highly recommended.

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