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Godlike / Press

“Band finlandese al suo primo full length, i Godlike ci riportano al nu metal delle origini: quello dove rap, growling, riff potenti e melodie si mescolavano in continuazione. Malicious Mind è un album solido per tutta la sua durata, il cantante narra storie credibili, probabilmente in parte pescate dal suo vissuto, e i suoni sono grassi e pastosi al punto giusto. L’immaginario dei Godlike è crudo e diretto, come si evince anche dal video tratto da Sickness, il video che potete vedere in questa pagina. Se avete amato il nu metal non potete non apprezzare questo album. Il solito grido incessante che accompagna una cavalcata cieca- elemento che troviamo in molti album metal odierni- è qui sostituito da un ricco patchwork musicale. Se non avete presente di cosa sto parlando, pensate ai Limp Bizkit senza l’ imprinting americano- tanto per citare un gruppo.”

“GODLIKE is a band that could easily become the new sensation in the worldwide modern metal scene since they have all it takes to make it big! “Malicious Mind” is an album that will blow your mind away if you are into the modern sounding metal and you like the combination of various sounds and elements.”

“Denne genre er normalt ikke min favorit, men Godlikes debutalbum Malicious Mind fangede min interesse ved første nummer. Generelt bliver der spillet ret tungt og ofte også lidt langsomt, og især den instrumentale del minder meget om Disturbeds nyere numre. Godlike leger med elementer fra en del genrer (thrash, lidt melodeath, metalcore), men formår alligevel at holde en rød tråd igennem hele albummet. Vokalen er størstedelen af tiden ret nu metal-agtig, dog uden at ødelægge det melodiske ved albummet. Forsanger Jussi er en utrolig talentfuld rapper (især i ”Confrontation” gør han det godt), han growler udmærket og har samtidig en flot, dyb vokal når han synger rent som han fx gør i ”Behind the Gates” – det er win-win at han har så godt styr på det hele. Malicious Mind et ganske originalt album, og de her finske gutter har en helvedes masse potentiale.”

“Leute, so wird das mit der Genre-Einordnung aber nichts mehr! Godlike kommen aus Finnland und spielen – ja was denn eigentlich? Es hat auf jeden Fall ordentlich Groove und kommt trotzdem nicht wie ein Lamb Of God-Klon daher. Es hat Rap-Parts und ist trotzdem nicht die nächste Scheibe von Limp Bizkit oder Clawfinger. Es hat Gesangs-Einlagen und ist dennoch keine Metalcore-Band. Verdammt. Wie so oft liegt die Wahrheit aber irgendwo in der Mitte und so auch bei Godlike. „Malicious Mind“ ist von der ersten bis zur letzten der knapp 36 Minuten ein fetter, drückender Crossover-Bastard, der sich aus allen Genres das nimmt, was er gerade braucht, um sein Ziel zu erreichen. Und das heißt „Maximale Begeisterung und Kurzweiligkeit“. Dieser Bastard ist nicht gezeugt worden, um Preise einzuheimsen oder die Welt zu revolutionieren, sondern um sich zu verausgaben und Spaß zu haben – und den finnischen Akzent gibt´s dabei noch gratis obendrauf. Saugutes Debüt!”

“Malicious Mind on suomalaisen Godliken ensimmäinen täyspitkä julkaisu ja sellaiseksi se on todella hieno suoritus. Orkesteri soittaa mielipuolista vaihtoehtometallia loistavalla groovella. Musiikissa on vaikutteita niin melodisesta death metalista kuin thrash metalista. On soppaan heitetty mukaan myös esimerkiksi vokaalien joukkoon räppäystä, mikä sopii kappaleisiin erittäin hyvin, eikä yhtye muutenkaan ujostele sekoittaa erilaisia musiikkityylejä keskenään. Kappaleet ovat energisiä räjähdyksiä joiden aikana orkesteri ei hirveästi happea kerkeä haukkomaan. Mistään mielettömästä kohkaamisesta ei kuitenkaan ole kyse, vaan kappaleissa on mukavasti vaihtelua ja koukkuja. Levyä kuunnellessa ei siis kerkeä kyllästymään kaikkeen pauhkeeseen. Vokalisti vetää suorituksensa melko ärhäkästi ja hyvin, vaikka lauluäänen kanssa kestikin pieni hetki ennen kuin siihen tottui. Vaihtelu riimittelyn ja laulamisen välillä tapahtuu luontevasti.”

“Its impossible to keep your head still when every track leads you smoothly through different grooves, like Lamb Of God has proven before. The grooves get yet another dimension when some melodic death metal to the example of Dark Tranquility is added. With every ingredient we add to the mixture we get closer and closer to that delicious mishmash I described before. Nonetheless, another component is missing: next to the death metal growling, there is also quite some rapping going on. The two singing styles alternate during every track. The rap influences are derived from the traditional nu metal wave, in which the groove is also indisputably present. Concerning the diversity of this mishmash I can be more than satisfied. Fresh like a new Disturbed record, the strong bite of a Lamb Of God release and the powerful taste of Dark Tranquility. All this added to an innovative way of interpreting and contemporary lyrics by Godlike, and voìla. This is a meal that wont fall out of taste any time”

“Finnish act Godlike’s debut album Malicious Mind brings to the table a fusion of thrash, nu-metal, groove and metalcore, with a couple death metal growls for good measure. Every song on this album is well written. The melodic vocals, rapping, and screams provide catchy hooks, while the rest of the band provide mosh worthy backing. Oozing with originality and potential, this band has a real chance at making a name for themselves commercially, if they are exposed to the right opportunities.”

“Godlike really have the whole rap metal thing down, and know how to make it catchy.”

“From the moment I switched this album on, it kinda hit me like a sack full of bricks straight in the face. Guitar riffs that are only rivalled in the industry by the big hitters at the moment. Pounding drums that shatter the ear drums pretty much add what’s needed for this album to hit the high marks, and gather the masses in unison, and that’s what you get. Godlike, the name kinda says it all. With the release of the new Stonesour album recently, this is the first album I have heard since that gives them a run for their money. These guys should be at the top of their game. My advice, if you like it hard, heavy, and you don’t value your audio senses, pop this album in, crank this shit to the max, and zone out with pure awesomeness!”