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Godsticks are a four-piece progressive heavy rock band from South Wales, formed in 2008. Having toured extensively throughout Europe with The Aristocrats and Mike Keneally, most recently they can be found showcasing their newer, heavier material supporting bands such as Textures and Dorje. Drummer Tom Price and guitarist Gavin Bushell bring an accomplished and aggressive playing style to back up Darran Charles’ unique vocal sound and Dan Nelson’s driving bass. Their fourth full length studio album ‘Faced With Rage’ was released to critical acclaim via Kscope on 13th October 2017 and was described by Prog Magazine as “A winning blend of channelled aggression and emotional depth, combining lyrical intelligence and instrumental fireworks”.
‘’The aggressive feel and sound from Emergence remained intact but we think that we probably created our most progressive album to date, albeit unintentionally!” says singer and guitarist Darran Charles. “We wanted our previous album Emergence to be an onslaught of aggressive heavy guitars and vocals from start to finish because we felt we needed to make a strong statement about the direction we were heading in musically” reminisces Charles, “but ‘Faced With Rage’ features a lot more light and shade, and I think we’ve been more creative when trying to shape the dark and aggressive feel we wanted”. A variety of synth sounds found their way into the longer song formats of ‘Faced With Rage’ (brevity had been Godsticks’ calling card up until this point) but as always guitar and Charles’ vocals are still at the forefront of the band's sound.
Lyrically, Faced With Rage, explores the theme of people dealing with emotional conflict in different scenarios, and who have a powerful desire to change their behaviour or situation. It featured for the first time a four-piece line up with new drummer Tom Price and guitarist Gavin Bushell who bring a more aggressive playing style to back up Darran Charles' (who also performed on The Pineapple Thief's 2016 hit album Your Wilderness) unique vocal sound and Dan Nelson’s driving bass. Drums and vocals were recorded at the world-renowned Monnow Valley Studio in Wales (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Feeder, Rush and Manic Street Preachers) and the album was produced by James Loughrey.
Having already been hailed by the UK’s Metal Hammer magazine as “one of the UK's most idiosyncratic rock bands”, with their last album Godsticks delivered on their promise to be just as heavy as their self-released 2015 album ‘Emergence’ but this time with a darker feel and more industrial sound.
Godsticks are currently writing their fifth studio album.
Thu 10th Dec 20 20:00
Venue Type : Rock Bar, Nightclub and Music Venue
Fuel started life as a club night on September 9, 2006 after a local DJ & rock fan realised that there weren't enough places that played the music that he and so many others loved. After outgrowing it's first venue and then surviving the closure of it's second venue, Fuel moved to it's present full-time home on Womanby Street, in the heart of Cardiff's music quarter.
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