Harvester Of Bongloads
Doom/Sludge Metal – Vinyl / CD / DD
Opoponax Records – Release Date: March 2017
Is there such a thing as progression through regression? Aiming more specifically toward music, can an artist move forward by upping their chops yet presenting a listen more primal than ever before? If so, Goya’s upcoming aural assault could serve as a very plausible definition of such.
Jeff Owens and company have always sniffed around the sludge fire hydrant, albeit cautiously. For “Harvester”, any apprehension is long gone, as the band thrusts forward and mark their territory with menacing abandon. Every second of this four song, forty-minute avalanche of sound is a testament to doomy, crawling, distorted, monolithic and awe-inspiring heaviness at its most extreme. Some may be a bit surprised though too, as Owen’s guitar leads and melody, coupled with soulful, agonized vocals actually make this hit even harder blasting the norms of the genre.
In parting, I’ll just hammer my point in a little bit further – “Harvester Of Bongloads” is a relentless listen meant to touch the listener’s most primordial inclinations. Goya’s best to date and essential to anyone’s collection that likes it HEAVY.
Words by David “The Lovely” LaMay