Gone is Gone
Gone Is Gone
Cooking Vinyl/Black Dune Records
8 July 2016
Review by Matt Bolton
Gone is Gone have a lot to offer on their debut EP and it’s no surprise with the high calibre of musicianship laid out on the table. Putting his heart and soul into the vocals is Troy Sanders of Mastodon fame, sharing his melodic side with this talented group of musicians. Opening up with highlight track, Violescent, the fuzz of the hard hitting guitars take hold, with Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of The Stone Age working his magic.
Starlight, slows down the pace and takes the listener to indie heaven with a tranquil soundscape provided by multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin. Sanders’ introduces a slow bass groove and Van Leeuwen makes way for a most welcome guitar solo. Stolen from Me, is a catchy rock tune and is destined to be a crowd favourite and worthy single. Tony Hajjar stands out on, One Divided, with his drum rolls and more changes then an indecisive politician. The riffs have a certain crunch to them and any riff that you can sing along to is a winner in my books.
Ending with slow burner, This Chapter, at around the four-minute mark Sanders sings “We are near the end, stick with me my friend…” before the band come together with musicianship as tight as nun’s devotion to the Lord (you thought I was gonna say something different didn’t you?) Don’t you worry Mr. Sanders we will stick with you.