Gravitar

Freedom Is Just Another Word For Never Getting Paid

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The five title tracks that comprise Freedom Is Just Another Word for Never Getting Paid are relatively understated, making for Gravitar's least bombastic but most complex release. Indelible guitar textures do much of the labor here -- track one, for example, recalls My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, mingled with Kiss-brand guitar worship and the deepest, darkest psychedelia possible. Track five is the closest Gravitar have ever come to metal, with jagged evil squeals acting as the composition's focal point. There's no affectation though, just a wicked soulfulness, like Cradle of Filth without the empty calories. Freedom might be different for Gravitar in some ways, but it mirrors the band's other efforts in its volume, originality, and sense of fearful yet awesome exploration. Also like their other releases, Freedom continually elicits the question, "Where did that noise come from?," asked with an equal amount of surprise and amazement.