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Review: God In A Cone - Earth My Prison

Ah yes, God In A Cone, your favorite "rock" band from Greece, that as usual remains prolific and defying real boundaries or definition, is back again with another epic album entitled "Earth My Prison". Shaking things up and really embracing their most diverse sound to date, every song on this album truly shines as it's own, and that's why I love these guys. Even though some of the lyrical references getting lost on me due to cultural difference, the power and diversity of their music never fails to capture the me as an eagerly awaiting audience (and as far as that goes, this has probably been one of the most easily connective albums, with all of the lyrics being in English, compared to previous releases which often had a good few songs in Greek on them).

Starting off the album is a deceivingly Industrial sounding intro "Necrology", giving you the impression we're about to enter a murky lair of dark synthetic soundscapes and chunky guitars. However much to your surprise the album quickly gives way into the track, "Relief" that within itself is equally as deceptive, with a ferocious metal-infused start giving way to a more post-grunge sort of groove near the second half of the track. Picking up on the American-inspired rock ending of the previous song, it jumps into a stadium rock ballad "Hard Day On The Moon" that sounds as if it could belong on a Def Leppard album, with a chorus you'll find yourself singing throughout the day after all those repeated listens that you can't but help yourself to. Continuing with the epic Americana infused ballad of the previous track, but bringing it in a more stripped down acoustic direction, the equally catchy "Sell A Life" will keep your foot tapping and mouth singing along the simple but potent lyrics.

With the most radical jump yet on the album, the fifth track "River Down" is a lone exception on the album an eschews the rock sound of the rest of the album, and gives way to the electronic elements hinted at during the intro. With a rather stripped down and straight forward bass driven synthpop track, it's oddly placed, but somehow works perfectly with his layered sorrow-tinged lyrics guiding giving us the catchy choruses and melodic hooks we are getting accustomed to on this release. Finishing the album off is two tracks which would fit well with the rest of their discography. "XFool" is a fast chunky punk-rock and metal inspired guitars, backed with a repetitive but pointedly effective synthesizer melodies, and lead by powerful growled vocals dominate most of the track, until a grand finale of a breakdown in which they end on an amazing almost folk metal sounding crescendo of guitars, melodies, and vocals. Almost suit for an ending of the album, until the actual final track "Inside The Globe" kicks in. The whole track being a massive slow buildup of rebellious energies slowly building up to a final breakdown of breakdowns, featuring raging guitar solos, fast chunky rhytms, and more of their famous growls. Truly packing a punch on the way out, this is definitily an album to listen to all the way till the end.

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