New York City is a place that most of us associate with coffee, bagels, and the antics of six insanely close chums. It’s possibly the last place you would expect a revolutionary doom-groove trio called GHXST to originate from, but hey, that’s New York City, baby.
‘Slow Down’, the opening track of their new EP, ‘Nowhere’, starts with a classic feedback intro that crawls down your aural canal like an earwig before violently and swiftly evolving into this pounding, unrelenting, wonderful heavy riff. Doused in echo effects, Shelly X‘s vocals posses a sexy indifference which entice and hypnotise you into their swirling, self-dubbed death grunge vibes.
Despite being the grooviest instrument on the planet, GHXST are notably lacking in a bassist and, instead, duel-wield twin guitars both armed with a delicious chainsaw tone that adds a fantastic crunchy feel to their riffs. Fuelled by the relentless thrashing of cymbals and hammering, ominous drum beats of Nathan La Guerra, GHXST are a looming monster that grabs you by the head and forces you to slowly nod in time to their utterly infectious music.
Think how Deftones could create an atmosphere on their albums. Think how Korn could subconsciously persuade you to dance to their down-tuned pulses. Think of a finger protruding out of the pitch black and beckoning you into the velvet darkness. That is what GHXST have created on ‘Nowhere’. Acquire this EP, listen to it and get lost in their blissful, swirling murkiness.
Written by Andy Roberts (@sassensquatch)