Galvanizer – Prying Sight of Imperception

Band: Galvanizer
Title: Prying Sight of Imperception
Label: Me Saco un Ojo Records (LP) / Everlasting Spew Records (CD) / Headsplit Records (MC)
Release date: 30 July 2021
Country: Finland
Format reviewed: High-quality digital recording

Well… when I first read “Finnish Death/Grind band”, I was expecting something brutal and savage… and honestly, this fulfilled my expectations. What really blew my mind right from the start was the old-school vibes, the guys in Galvanizer know how to do “THAT” sound, even if they are three young dudes and this is a release from 2021!

Let me introduce the band, Galvanizer are:
Vili Mäkinen – Vocals, bass, keyboards
Aleksi Vähämäki – Guitars, backing vocals
Nico Niemikko – Drums

The album starts with a frightening intro, to throw you into “Servants of the Scourge”, and right from the start you have all the elements that make you love this genre: neck-breaking riffs, frantic drums, bass lines that are audible indeed, deep and rotten growled vocals… all these components together make my whole body shake and twist, can’t imagine a better sound for headbanging like a maniac!

One of the things I like the most about these guys is their ability to throw you back in time, as their sound is truly classic, and finding bands that can do that with perfection deserve an extra point from me (maybe ‘cause I’m old school and I love that stuff).

Lyrics talking about gore, death, agony, annihilation… wasn’t expecting anything else, to be honest. And what I love is the use of some screamed vocals besides the growls; these last turn out to be terrific all through the 31 minutes that the album is running (all those “uooorgh”, “rooooorgh”… seem to emerge directly from a rotten throat!). Talking about the instrumentation, it’s doing its commitment with great efficiency: there’s always “that” urge feeling, as if you were running and running and still didn’t know where you were going… fast and frantic, that’s the point.

This is not an album of guitar solos, these instruments are too busy playing sick riffs all the time and creating a great hypnotic effect. But in “The Ever-Crescent” there’s a stellar moment near the end, a brilliant moment for the guitar player to show off his skills.

I can also appreciate that sometimes the drummer changes the tempo a bit to allow us breathing for a while, like in the middle of “Chthonic Profanation”. Great use of the cymbals in this song too!

The closing theme, “Of Flesh Unknown” is the longest one (five and a half minutes), it’s a real banger as all the previous songs, and the last minute slows down as saying “hey, that’s all folks, but you can listen to the album again right from the start and enjoy one more time!”… and that’s exactly what I did some more times. How could I not, when I enjoyed like a maniac with this one! This album is a 8/10 for me. Sílvia

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