After over five years together and tours with bands like SLIPKNOT, SHADOWS FALL and LAMB OF GOD, New York’s GIZMACHI has released their debut full-length album “The Imbuing.” This album not only serves as the first released by the band, but also as the first album put out on the new Sanctuary imprint, Big Orange Clown Records. “The Imbuing” was produced by the owner of the imprint, Shawn Crahan, whom, as you could probably guess from looking at the name of his label, also acts as one of the superfluous percussionists in SLIPKNOT. So, is GIZMACHI just another SLIPKNOT clone?
Not exactly. On “The Imbuing,” the music is much closer to Nu-Metal-influenced Metalcore not unlike bands like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The music is frantic, as are the vocals – the songs often have interlocking vocal passages, with voices ranging from low roars to high pitched screams to whispers and “soaring” melodic parts. The songs have very little repeating structure, playing instead to the Metalcore aesthetic of constant change with breakdowns a-plenty. Structurally, you never really know what’s going to come next, which is good in one sense and bad in another, as it makes build-ups and climaxes nearly impossible.
The problem here is that this has all been done before. This is bona-fide Metalcore and really, it doesn’t stand out from the crowd enough to hold attention. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that this is bad because it’s Metalcore, since that would be lame. There are a lot of – well, a few – really good Metalcore bands out there. No, instead, this is run-of-the-mill Metalcore. The lack of song structure causes the album to drag and the songs to all run together. “The Imbuing” is like a trip down the most commonly-travelled paths of Metalcore memory lane. (Online July 22, 2005)