"Golden Gate" (2106648 Records DK2; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Grafting The Vine. Let's look at that name for a minute. What a visual! What are they trying to do by grafting anything? To make it better? Or to change it into something totally different?

Now for the music: Killer metal with no vocals. That usually happens with the guitar virtuosos that we here at have seen our share of: Kevin Zuchschwert and Sam Kazerooni to name just two. However, this is the first time I have ever witnessed a metal/instrumental combo that works extremely well. What I witnessed was pure metal music without the issue to trying to figure out the vocal aspect of the band.

The only drawback I found is that this album is only 33 minutes long. I wanted it to go on ... and if this band catches on, maybe that will happen.

Great band, good music, killer concept and it all comes together to make Grafting The Vine and their recording "Golden Gate" one musical experience well worth the effort. All in all an awesome experience!

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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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