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Downfall Of Gaia ‘Silhouettes Of Disgust” review by Jersey Lane

Today’s the day, the kick ass, no needed

introduction, fifteen year running, top-notch Metal band

‘Downfall Of Gaia’ is back with the new release of their sixth

studio album "Silhouettes Of Disgust”. An eight track

enthralling, and ominous tale that tells the individual trials and

tribulations of eight different people all battling individual and

excruciating demons all living in one fictional metropolis.

Guitarist/vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis expands

on the meaning and muse behind the album- “Loneliness,

addiction, the fear of tomorrow, pressure from society/work

and other things that many of us probably know all too well.

You have to play along somehow, or you fall through the

cracks, and once you’re down, it’s hard to get back up. It

looks at selfishness and ignorance, the general way of dealing

with each other - you’re one, surrounded by millions,

surrounded by all these silhouettes of disgust, surrounded by

all the things you want to avoid and hate. The last few years

have impressively proven what you can expect from humanity,

and honestly, it’s not much.”

Downfall Of Gaia has a bit of a musical full circle moment

happening with this album as they evidently pulled ideation

and inspirations from previous albums to complete the vision

they were wanting for this devastating love story to human

tragedy and pain. Even going as far as welcoming back

Guitarist Peter Wolff, a founding father of the band who took a

brief hiatus in 2015 to focus on family. Goncalves dos Reis

bursts with joy on the return of his band mate “Having peter

back was the big difference this time..”. The missing piece

was Wolff. You can hear the difference, you can feel the

energy shift with this one.

Instrumentally this album is perfection, the dismaying and

astonishing drumming throughout its entirety is nothing short

of stupendous, Michael Kadnar has absolutely out done

himself. The raw emotion and vigorous pounding coming from

each song is just incredible. My favourite example and track

off the album is ‘Final Vows’ Wolff and Goncalves dos Ries’

on the guitars get it started with a pulsing and excentric riff,

while Kadnar is just warming up on the snare and symbol to

blow your fucking mind right off your shoulders.

This album is a remarkable mix of crust punk, post metal,

black metal, Post-Rock, a little shot of shoegaze and so, so

much more. It’s passionate, yet devastating all at once, and it

all comes together in one impeccably disgusting silhouette.


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