Review of Reporting A Mirage Album by Gods Of Blitz

God's Of Blitz
Reporting A Mirage

Gods Of Blitz Reporting A Mirage Album

Four guys combine to produce a menacing, but friendly vibe that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have made their own over the years. Coupled with a sound that is like a raw, early days Feeder gate-crashing a collaborative rehearsal between Wolfmother and da Chilis. It is hardly surprising that you can rip through over a hundred gigs a year and still manage not to look or sound too beleaguered. These Berlin troubadours seek to build upon the rustic base 2004's debut album, 'Stolen Horse'. It could be one of those albums you dig out after hearing the second full length that has created a more versatile feel and achieved a broader fan-base. This is commonly referred to as the Evanescance approach to album selling. 'Reporting A Mirage' is a twelve track jaunt, opening with a fresh and vibrant old-school rock-a-round 'New Wave Wipe-out'. Featuring just enough splashes of funk to get your body moving in tandem with your head nodding that the rock edge brings about.

Sebastian Barusta Gaebel's high profile and, at times, cyclical bass-lines turn the wheels of offerings such as the falseness bemoaning 'A Life Replica'. This features slower and more pronounced, bemused cries and starts a tempo climb to keep the album building and broadening. The vocals continue to grow and stretch towards the more mainstream category, as a stammering Orson vibe, arrives maybe a little unexpectedly. It soon becomes submerged throughout the number in a kaleidoscope of robust bass lines and thrusting percussion.

'Modern Creation' starts to draw out the vocal element of the song structure with the use of punchy and soulful backing to complement the longing leading pitch of Gaebel. Contemporary views and approaches to life are put in a catchy, simple, but very effective rock chorus;

"Modern creation, you want everything. Modern creation, you might beat the king."

The instrumental fuzz, clang and cyclical grind provide a retro feel to contrast with the modern nature of the song's subject matter. Gabel's vocals suitably stand between the middle of the two approaches. With latter element possessing a hint of soul and an aching nature, making the song genuine and journeying. A moody rock blues veil comes down like a curtain at the theatre, for 'Now'. It exudes a rumbling nature that is disturbed by the topsy-turvy singing, conveying desperation. A percussion pound and intertwining guitar and bass fuzz, finalises matters in a sub three minute, indie workout 'The Human Race'. This one of the most personal offerings that contains an endearing positive trickle, to balance out some of the cynicism and low key anger that rises up at varying moments throughout the album.

The Swedish, song constructing talisman Ludwig Boss has been brought in for this album and his instinct for song crafting does seem to have paid dividends, for the music history appreciating Berliners. Gods Of Blitz is an outfit of experienced musicians who seem to have found the right forum from which demonstrate their mood ranging tendencies. There is a noticeable inter-band chemistry displayed in the musicianship on offer here that could be the key to their future growth.


David Adair

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