Godsized - Heavy Lies The CrownIt’s been a busy few years for Godsized. A seemingly rapid rise from creating a buzz on twitter, to opening act at Download, to European tours with the likes of Black Label Society. Throw into the mix a couple of EP’s and the debut album “Time” and things looked great for the band. Things appeared to go quiet for a while after that and with Chris Charles replacing founder member Neil Fish on guitar, this is the first chance to hear the new look Godsized.

Opener ‘Welcome To Hell’ takes off where previous releases have left off with a big hook and , although with a slightly tamer feel than before. ‘Saving You’ is more of a ballad, something along the lines of Alter Bridge. The album gathers pace a little with ‘Never A Better Time’ and ‘Web Of Lies’, and gives hints at what the band are capable of but it isn’t too long before it settles down again with ‘Fade’.

This slower, more mellow sound continues with ‘Forgotten Friends’ and ‘Do You See What I See’, before the huge ‘Stone Cold Blow To The Head’, which sees the return of that dirty heavy guitar sound that has been missing so far through this release. ‘Out Of Fear’ keeps up this more raucous sound with a couple of interesting drum fills from Dan Kavanagh and some neat switches in tempo, this is the standout track for me. Closing track ‘Pay Your Debt’ is another razor sharp track, more evidence of how good they can be, its just a pity that after three such good tracks, the album finishes just when you are wanting more.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this album, a fine slice of hard rock that rivals a lot of bands that get more exposure, it’s just a pity that they seem to have lost that edge that they once had. The melodies are strong and in Glen Korner, they have an excellent vocalist with a great range. Aside from this, and the excellent last three tracks, it’s all just a bit too clean. There are a few tracks on here that would gain quite a bit of momentum if the band just let go a little.

Good, but could have been better.

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