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Albums Of The Week: The Grasshopper Lies Heavy | A Cult That Worships A God Of Death

The Texas noise-rockers deiver crush momentum on their punishing new release.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “A ship of unimaginable force crushes through waves of shattered glass and broken bones. As war horns beckon lightning through greyscale skies, a god marches towards the vessel through the fractured ocean with piranha teeth. The hulking figure whispers words of temptation, its hot breath booms towards the ship. A helmsman cries out in agony as he is torn apart by a psionic surge of stale meat. CEOs rejoice as the smell of destruction fills their pockets with simulated wealth. The god-being trudges ever forward toward the blight of humanity. A sailor takes hold of the steering wheel, his eyes flushed white with fear and ignorant hubris, righting the course towards inevitable decommission. The two forces smash into one another in a maelstrom of sharp, crackling death and detonation. In the wake of the action, a whirlpool fades into calm undulation. Pieces of woe become one: Wood, metal, ancient flesh, lightning, thunder and sorrow; sung by A Cult That Worships A God Of Death.

Invest in death, release your gods.

 is The Grasshopper Lies Heavy’s latest gift to the world. Sonically, the band has created a mood maker that elicits feelings of positive dread and crushing momentum. TGLH have heightened their song writing prowess, with tight, rockin’, riff-laden tracks sprinkled with melodic tangents.

In a world of pick and play, ACTWAGOD plays as a cohesive album, seducing you to take the ride through the tracks. The album opens with the droning Untitled, a post-apocalyptic warning, the calm before the storm. The next four tracks blast forth with urgency, riffs piled high and plentiful with vicious vocals and bass-heavy, fuzzed up guitars and drums. The last three instrumental tracks close out the album with melodic gaze, bringing a chaotic yet soothing introspection. By the time you reach the final track, you’re frowning and banging your head, for what you just heard was nasty and delicious.”