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Friday, February 18, 2011

Experience Gozzard, the Most Mind-Fucking Local Metalheads You Haven't Heard Of

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

click to enlarge Gozzard. Whoa.
  • Gozzard. Whoa.
File this under things we're kicking ourselves for missing: a performance last night from local fantasy metal outfit Gozzard at the Blue Macaw. Now, we're sometime-metalheads over here at All Shook Down, but the attraction of this four-piece freakshow goes far beyond a mere chance to headbang. Gozzard is some massively mystic shit -- costumes, ridiculous gray beards, a creation myth that would make Tolkien twitch, and hilariously earnest vocals. Just check out their own bio:

From a forgotten past, a spell is cast... 
Transcending time, from a long lost era gone by, the magical minstrel

Gozzard brings the stone gargoyle Dratacus to life with his guitar.

Gozzard uses the dragonian warrior to sing his songs of wisdom and

wonder, of love won and lost, and of freedom from bondage. In the

overture, Gozzard directs Dratacus with the notes dripping from his

fingers, waking him from his solitary stone sleep. Gozzard's haunting

and powerful keyboard pedals blend and merge with the added

reinforcement from courtly bassist Sir Everingham, and the monstrous

percussionist Montez. Gozzard's dynamic sound reinforces their

captivating hard rock theatrical show, a show that can't be imagined

until it's seen.


Um, wow.

The only visual evidence we've obtained that this was an event of amazingly absurd proportions is this video, which we unfortunately cannot embed here. But luckily, Gozzard appears to have a real (and we use that term loosely) music video on YouTube. Be prepared for a montage of fantasy movie footage, growling tigers, and, of course, lots of dancing. And for a lot of repurposed imagery.



You can hear more Gozzard songs on the band's Reverb Nation and Myspace pages. Unfortunately, it appears last night was its only gig for a while. But rest assured, we will keep you updated on these promising local practitioners of fantasy metal. We have no other choice.

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