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“To say that Locust Season, their magnificent debut, rocks is an understatement. For much of 2010, I’ve been pining for some serious hard rock and been given slim pickings from the mainstream as well as the underground. Friends, our long national nightmare is over, and we are in Gozu’s debt. Check out “Regal Beagle” below and tell me that if rock radio actually rocked anymore this wouldn’t be a fucking chart topper! ”
“The rock 'n' roll world has to produce something really special in the remaining months of this year to crowbar this album off my stereo, and I can't see it happening. Not that, realistically, I want it to as 'Locust Season' delivers like a mailman on steroids. Highly recommended. ”
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say again: originality is a fine thing, but it’s rarer than rocking-horse crap, and you don’t really need it if you rip off the right material with enough flair. You’ve heard every element of Locust Season before, probably more times than you can count… and that’s what makes Gozu a great listen. So put your foot down and drive, motherfucker – it’s seventy miles to the next gas station, and I’m all out of cigarettes."
"And yet again Small Stone Records have succeeded in discovering the next powerful riff machine. The new entrant answers to the name of GOZU and first appeared on the scene in 2008 with the the release of their seven track EP. Two years have passed since then and 'Locust Season' is GOZU's debut album that enqueues itself seamlessly in the bank of high quality releases from Small Stone Records."
"Small Stone's reputation remains intact on this release. With only a few small exceptions they're a label that has a knack of sniffing out talent and quality and Gozu look set to take their place within their revered roster...and if there's any justice they'll be sitting near the top of the pile!!!"
"An expertly conceived, bombastic stoner rock album that is bound to blow your mind."
“Gozu's debut has a thick as a brick sound that is a straight descendant from Queens of the Stone Age. The majority of the time, the band hits hard enough and loads the songs up with catchy riffs and vocal lines that you don't mind the close proximity to "Regular John" and "Mexicola" and the like. Besides, the Europeans (Sweden, I'm looking at you) have been begging, borrowing, and stealing that sound for years – almost a decade – so it's good to see a local favorite step up to the plate and show the rest of the world that we're not solely guttural sludge and angular, mathy screech metal.”
“If only more rock and roll sounded this good. Gozu have perfected the lost art of making music that simply rocks your face off. One trip through “Rise Up” and you’ll wonder why you even listen to anything else. The band majors in rock with a focus on stoner resulting in a high degree of tunes that will have you fist-pumping and head-banging well into the night.”
“Let’s see what elements make for a great album. There are a lot of different ones but good song writing, catchy riffs and punchy lyrics would be a few. Ironically those same elements I would use to describe Locust Season.”
“2009-WBCN Rumble 2010 SXSW-Austin Texas 2010 - 2 Boston Music Award Nominee 2010 - Boston Phoenix Music Award Nominee SMALL STONE RECORDS ”
“The quartet blasts out a superior brand of hard rock on its debut full-length Locust Season. Not content to simply rewrite Monster Magnet (yeah, I know, work with me here), the band pays as much attention to groove as to grunge, letting the licks slide across rubbery grooves like massage oil over a curvaceous ass.”
“The whole damn deal is raw, reeks of rancid rubber, and is as rough n’ tumble as a Boston bar brawl.”
“They aren’t shy about toying with pop sounds and quirky guitar lines, and that has earned them comparisons to Queens of the Stone Age, but Gozu are far more heavily toned guitar-wise than the Josh Homme outfit, whatever similarities of playing style might crop up. The vocals of guitarist Marc Gaffney are a point of commonality, however, and huge part of what sets Gozu apart from the pack.”
“Boston’s Gozu are what you would call stoner rock in the truest sense of the word. In many ways it’s like being transported back to the mid nineties when Kyuss and Fu Manchu were still reigning this genre.”
"I still am a huge Queens of the Stone Age fan, but their last album left me quite cold. Gozu are the blanket that will warm me up."
"Driving stoner rock riffs and soulful vocals."
"Boston seems to be going through another musical resurgence and Gozu's another fine example of the city's new breed of bands. These guys are definitely worth checking out."
"What they do is ugly and rural and fucking kicks much ass. Boston has always been a hotbed of amazing bands and Gozu is no different."