Release Date: 10 Jun 2003 Format: CD
Record Label: Medea UPC: 643237007123
Genre: Rock Duration: Full-Length CD, 12 songs!
Too Many Gods:
Rob (vocals); Alex (guitar, background vocals); Justin (guitar); Glenn (bass); Nick (drums).
Additional personnel: Julia Westenburg (vocals); Christie Cantle (spoken vocals); Scott Lambert (bass).
Recorded between October 1998 and June 2000.
Blind Soul Lottery is the intimidating introduction for Too Many Gods, an industrial hardcore quintet hailing from Detroit, and captures the seething hostility of a young group being held back by society. Deftly melding electronic beats with what otherwise would be a solid hardcore band, Too Many Gods instantly steps forward and seizes the listener by the throat with ferocious songs like “New Time” and “Reflect,” tracks that are hard to resist and as ravenous as a rabid dog. The subtleties of Blind Soul Lottery make it a compelling listen, as Too Many Gods infects their songs with uncharacteristic hardcore themes such as incorporating feminine vocals and digital sound effects to give each song a thicker sound. Admittedly, this at times results in songs sounding rather clustered, yet the positive effects outweigh the slight drawbacks encountered. The band falters when attempting rapcore styles, especially on “Mindless,” which strives to succeed, yet sadly fails. Although there are a few uneven moments that crop up near the beginning of the album, the band rises above these faults and wraps up with a plethora of outstanding songs. “Introvert” excels by taking a more melodic approach and is one of the groups more accessible offerings. The album closes with two incredible songs held apart by an intrepid instrumental. While musically both songs are solid on their own, the lyrical surface is burrowed into, and if you take the time to listen, this makes for an emotional, albeit tragic ending to an above-average industrial album. “The Letter Y” flirts with thoughts of suicide and “When the Smoke Clears” finishes with a moving ode to a friend who was lost that very way. With its soaring melodies and symphonic industrial scale, “When the Smoke Clears” is a massive explosion straight to ones heart and is reason enough to give Too Many Gods a chance.
Too Many Gods take a leap up, out and away from their previous release and show the world what angry music is. The album consists of twelve tracks filled with nicely placed electronic noises, a few unexpected female vocal parts, and a pretty powerful message very loosely summed up in the phrase, “when the smoke clears you wake up to find you’ve wasted your time”. The riffs are truely innovative in a genre where most songs are built around
a solid riff. With a dynamic mixture of hardcore, industrial and metal, Too Many Gods possess a sound that is exciting and unique.
5.0 out of 5 stars These Guys Frigin Rock
A great display of power. If you thought rock was dead guess again. The band from Detroit Rock City is all about kickin a**. This cd is a must have. Nothing else compares. For real these guys are the best thing to come from detroit in a long time. I have been listening to them for about a year and it is still one of my favorate cds. If you dont have it you are missing out. A sure hit with any metal fan. Thanks guys for keepin it real and look forward to the next album.
5.0 out of 5 starsMY NEW FAVOURITE CD ! ! !
This cd is fantastic! It has a wide range, going from agressive to super-agressive in under 1 second. My favourite track right now is “reflect”, which is just brilliantly layed out with heavy programming and guitars from Starr and pounding rythms by Frost. This CD just makes me want to jump out of my shoes and kick somebody in straight in the teeth!
The band is almost beyond tight, and after seeing them live… i know that they are just as tight live…
5.0 out of 5 starsgreatness.
the cd is greatness. i own it, and im proud. its really good.. the electronics are out of control, its something you don’t hear very often. i recommend that everyone should get this cd. its straight up greatness for all metal/hardcore lovers.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis CD blew me AWAY!!!
By far one of the best cds on medea, the riffs and programing are genuis, my favorite song is “when the smoke clears” buy this cd,its worth it.