"Omega Kaleid" (CEN; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Omega Kaleid" starts off with the two-minute "Winter," a gentle song that sounds a little like its title. It's cool and stark and tame and makes you wonder what you're in for.

Track two, however, "Paradox," answers that question with a vengeance, pummeling you with a punishing rhythm of drums and guitars. It's a noisy crushing track, apparently designed to make your ears bleed.

"Broken Ends," is up next and, although it's just as loud and fast as "Paradox," it's smoother and more accessible.

And then track 4, "Turned to Dust," comes along and it’s as chaotic as "Paradox."

But that’s what I like best about "Omega Kaleid." The band keeps you guessing from track to track. For every wild, out-of-control track, there's another track that's more even, more harmonic. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing soft or sweet here. It's just that some tracks are more (and I hate this word) accessible than others.

Frankly, some of "Omega Kaleid" is a little too noisy for my taste but that doesn't mean I can’t respect its chaotic brilliance, especially as this is the band’s first release in sixteen years. You'd never know that, by the way. This album sounds like it was recorded by a band who has been on tour for the past few years and has their shit tight.

However, if noisy is up your musical alley, then I practically guarantee that "Omega Kaleid" will be what you're looking for.

GIZMACHI: Jay Hannon – Guitars; Mike Laurino - Guitars/Vocals; Kris Gilmore – Bass; Jimmie Hatcher – Drums; Björn Strid – Vocals.

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"The Imbuing" (Sanctuary; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Frantic and utterly chaotic, Gizmachi's debut disc is an eight-track journey into the depths of depravity via the sounds of today's metal. 

Part Slipknot (after all, Slipknot's Clown produced this disc), part Strapping Young Lad, and part upstate NY hardcore outfit (think One King Down, Snapcase, and All Out War), this quintet's scolding release is a relentless ride laden with dissonant guitars, odd signatured rhythms, and the kind of screams that can only come from a mentally deranged individual. 

If you are seeking another band in the vein of Meshuggah, Dry Kill Logic, and Candiria, Gizmachi triumphantly answers the request. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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