‘Out Of Control’, the fifth full-length from Alabama’s Gideon, is made up of songs with the same recipe yet manages to somehow keep your attention all the way through.
Intentional or not, every song on this record is overflowing with nuances and influences from other bands. Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Cane Hill, Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit… you name a nu-metal band, there’s a decent chance you can hear them shine through in at least one song here.
Gideon have clearly spun away from what they’re used to on this album, and the path that they’ve chosen works incredibly well for them. While the pacing of the record can confuse you at points, every song still craves your attention and keeps pulling you back in the second you think you might have heard enough of it.
Despite ‘Out Of Control’ peaking very early with ‘Sleep’, the album’s definite highlight, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the tracks don’t deserve mentioning. While patterns do tend to repeat themselves with breakdowns or distorting, echo-like vocals, as previously mentioned, the recipe still works its magic.
On a bit of a negative note, while all elements are incredibly powerful, like guitars squealing into your right ear and a dooming bass thundering into your left, they sadly tend to drown each other out exactly because of that. One strong instrument stacks onto the other, and it’s hard to follow which one deserves to be in the foreground, or is meant to be paid the most attention to. Vocals fade into the back, and sometimes are even too hard to make out at all. With the chaos created by that, it does take more than one quick listen to the record, and each individual song, to really make up your opinion on it. Depending on what you put your focus on, your opinion could to a complete flip and change in a heartbeat.
Gideon have taken a huge step in the right direction with ‘Out Of Control’, and are well on the way of perfecting this new sound for themselves.