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The Georgian Skull - "Mother Armageddon, Healing Apocalypse" (CD)

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"Mother Armageddon, Healing Apocalypse" track listing:

1. Final Days of Doom
2. Demon Cripper
3. Hearts Burning
4. Becoming Machines
5. The Funeral
6. Intermission
7. Hunting the Ghost
8. Possed Obsessed
9. Doom Lord Pusher
10. Where the Demon Dwell
11. Smoking Your Exorcism

Reviewed by on July 7, 2011

"The Georgian Skull’s 'Mother Armageddon' is a meshing of very different styles of music that blend strangely, yet interestingly, together."

The Georgian Skull’s album “Mother Armageddon” is a meshing of very different styles of music that blend strangely, yet interestingly, together. Within minutes of playing it, you’ve already heard a few varied genres of music; the style just keeps shifting to another, then another. This switching around is much like an absurdist play that darts around topics and story, and you keep watching to try and make sense of some sort of core story.

The intro “Final Days of Doom” demonstrates what’s in store; distorted music and voices that seem to be coming from an old radio and the channels keep changing. This creepy opening fades into doomy blues guitar and a slow drum beat. This heaviness drifts into “Demon Cripper,” but we start hearing some good old rock n’ roll guitar wails that can be heard many times throughout the album in “Hunting the Ghost,” “Becoming Machines,” and the very hard-rock inspired “Hearts Burning.” The guitarist can also play some heavy metal riffs evident in “Doom Lord Pusher,” which is almost completely a metal song. The drummer does the different styles well, especially showing his skill in “Where the Demon Dwell.”

The vocalist has a good growling and singing voice, but it’s so powerful and loud in the mix that it would easily cover up the rest of the music. His hard rock voice, while great when the style at the moment is hard rock or hardcore, tends to become cheesy after a while and especially during the metal parts like in “The Funeral,” which has some black metal style strumming and tone.

“Mother Armageddon” is like a mix of Pantera, Led Zeppelin, and some early metal bands. While I like the use of different genres, parts of the album are lack-luster and “Cowboys from Hell” worship. To move forward, The Georgian Skull would need to stop paying tribute, and just be influenced by the member’s favorite bands.

Highs: Interesting mix of rock, punk, and metal.

Lows: Too much of a tribute to have an original sound.

Bottom line: Different, interesting, and complex, but somehow you've heard it before.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)