GELD - "CURRENCY // CASTRATION" LP
*** GOLD & SILVER SPLATTER VERSION***
BOOM! Just like that - Geld with the knockout. They continue to meld the stylez of slammin' NYHC, Burning Spirits Japanese neck snappers and dys-dys-topian THC infused pedalwashed psychedelicks. C//C is the fruits of a well oiled machine; these lads stepped up to the plate fucken big time these past few years, maturing into easily one of the most reliable and powered up live punk bands in the country who rain, hail or hangover (or pneumonia or broken bones) will give anyone a run for their currency up on that stage - and all of this should be damn evident on record. Geld bottle turmoil into song form raging ahead, brute forcing your mind in a mid tempo, or crawling into an abyss, it's all a battlefield to them and the battlefield is their playground. And it ain't that they're just built different, they've dedicated countless hours punishing their ears and minds so that you can do the same. Everyone pulls and pushes their weight on this recording, flexin' heads and fast-twitch muscles like it's nothin' and the result is KO in the fifth. The fix is in; Geld are the creme.
GELD make their Relapse Records debut with their third full length, Currency // Castration! The Australian band distills a despairingly hellish vision of the world into a thundering crack to the temple through an unsparing fusion of hardcore’s bleakest violence with metal’s ruthless strength-through-conviction. GELD's abrasive take on the genre is distorted through a lense of fuzzed out psych soundscapes; vocals truly sound like unhinged barks, while guitars, bass, and drums crash against one another frenetically, each track burning brighter and brighter.
Every moment of Currency // Castration is urgent. Tracks such as “Chained to a Gate” edge and scratch at a relief that is ultimately denied, toying with the nightmarish promise of a breakdown that never comes. Elsewhere, "Cut You Down" pulses with frantically itching riffs that stream forth. "Fog of War" snaps and snarls; while "Secret Prison" evinces the honed physique of Japanese hardcore fed through the broken brain of someone on a years-long Rrröööaaarrr-era Voivod spin-out.
Despite the band's innovative approach to the genre, GELD makes no pretensions at being “interesting” for interesting’s sake - As vocalist Al Smith puts it, “One of the most boring things people can do is try to dress up what someone else has already contributed to a genre and make it ‘clever’… We’re more interested in finding our own position” With Currency // Castration, GELD offers no promise of a higher purpose or resolve. Rather, they lean into dissociation, finding truth and meaning in the transcendental joy of simply escaping, surviving, existing.
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