It seems like forever ago that Boston rock behemoth GOZU announced new album The Fury of a Patient Man, and looking back on it while reflecting on the record’s title, maybe it was all some weird sociological marketing experiment. Because fury soon caught up to our patience as we awaited this monster of a record’s release; hell it was so long ago that WFNX Radio and the Boston Phoenix — two of the original promoters of this event — were still in business.
Indeed it feels like fucking ages ago we added “Salty Thumb” to regular rotation on the since-murdered WFNX, and it sure was another lifetime ago that it led off my spring music preview in the also-strangled Boston Phoenix.
Go nine songs deep into Gozu’s new The Fury of a Patient Man — from the stoner chug of opener “Bald Bull” to the buzzing boogie of “Salty Thumb” to the upright guitar crunch of “Disco Related Injury” — and there’s barely any room to breathe. Then, in comes the mountainous riff orgy of closing track “The Ceaseless Thunder of Surf,” which clocks in at nearly 24 minutes and might be the most epic 20-plus-minute metal journey since Manowar dropped “Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts” back in 1992.
Finally, the wait is over, but the Fury remains: GOZU hit up Radio in Somerville tomorrow and Saturday nights, a double-night twin-bill rock and roll destroyer that features Mellow Bravo, Birch Hill Dam, and Streight Angular on Friday on Night 1, and then Cocked N’ Loaded, Black Pyramid, Thunderbloods, and Hey Zeus on Night 2. And since the PHX nor WFNX is still around, we’re co-presenting the show with our friends at Boston Bloghead.
Want to get on the Guest List +1 to Saturday’s party? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with GOZU in the subject line, and we’ll announce a winner around noon tomorrow (Friday).
Also we’re dropping this science in tomorrow’s Boston Metro, which asked us how to spend the weekend ahead:
The Fury of a Patient Man, the new record from Boston hard rock quartet Gozu, is so massive in sound and scope, it’s going to take two nights at Radio in Somerville to properly release this monster. The latest in a stellar line of New England releases from Detroit-based Small Stone Recordings (Mellow Bravo, Supermachine, Roadsaw), Fury is led by the buzzing boogie of “Salty Thumb,” which adds flash dashes of Urge Overkill to Gozu’s normally staid stoner rock template. The rest of the record is a blitzkrieg of riffage and smoky rock and roll rippers that solidifies Gozu as one of Boston’s sharpest – and heaviest — bands.
And be sure to check out the intense video for lead track “Bald Bull,” directed and produced by Tim Catz for Parentheses Productions, and shot and edited by Eric Goggin.