gut-sonic - _Impetus 23_
(2nd Sun Records, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
gut-sonic have been playing the circuit here in Toronto for a few years now but after several years of 'playing out', the band finally has reason to be seen as something other than just another local Toronto act. With their first full-length debut album, _Impetus 23_, the band proves that they are quite a talented band with their chameleon-like roster of metal, hardcore and progressive songs found on this release. The thing that stands out most with this release is singer Andrew Sanger's vocals and the fact that the band can mold its music around the stylings that Sanger reveals with each song. It can be tough to keep the multiple stylings of songs fresh throughout the CD, but gut-sonic do just that. From the infectious stomp of "Frame 313" (my favorite) onto "Knuckle-Head", "Metamorph" or the cool vibes of "Fear Is Life" or "You!", gut-sonic reveal a sturdy framework of riffs, vocals and stamina. End result: a strong, powerful concoction of harshness. Sonically, the band tends to base itself around harmony and somewhat standard riffs but when the fuel gets going watch out. An ideal band for those wishing to let things go rampant every once in a while. Check 'em out.

Contact: gut-sonic, 599B Yonge Street, Suite #125

(article published 9/2/1996)


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