Time is the début album from a UK based band, who have been a predominantly live group up until this point. People, they are known as Godsized. They formed in 2005, and the current line up have been together since 2008.
They previously released one EP entitled Brothers in Arms.The legendary Zakk Wylde heard this EP, and thought it was so good that he decided to take Godsized on tour as the only support act when Black Label Society came to the UK in 2011.
A four-piece rock outfit, they have been touring the UK continuously and now will finally release their first 12-track LP on the 22nd April. This is a band that have the downtrodden sound of southern styled rock music, blending the influences of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and ZZ Top – big names there. The group’s vocals are influenced by Scott Stapp (Ex-Creed) and Myles Kennedy, who is a member of Alter Bridge and of Slash‘s solo project. Some tracks, I feel, can easily be associated with the style of Chris Cornell.
Godsized had me at the first track, Soul Taker : It gets straight down to business. As soon as that play button is hit, in come riffs that kick the brown stuff out of everything . Track four is another highlight: It’s A Hanging is a grimy rock tune, which particularly stood out for me. The guitar felt sleazy, but I liked it because it wasn’t dirty to the point where I felt I needed to wash myself afterwards! It’s one tight tune – the vocals, the guitar, the bass and the impressive drumming gave me everything I wanted to hear. It’s definitely my choice of stand out track on the album.
Heavy Load, which is the first single being released from Time, reminds me a bit of Alice in Chains. The style of guitar playing at the beginning of this track made me have flashbacks, especially since the vocals employ the same southern drawl.
You can see what I mean below:
Lead vocalist Glenn Korner, the grinding riffs of Neil Fish, the driving bass lines of Gavin Kerrigan, and the drumming of Dan Kavanagh all contribute to their overall dirty southern rock sound. To me, that is impressive; due the fact these guys come from Croydon. Despite this, they successfully bring the sound of the States to the United Kingdom.
Do you like powerful rock with harmonies, crunching riffs, strong bass lines and some unadulterated, hardcore drumming?
Then this could be the album you need to whet your appetite. Go out get your hands on Time now!