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Even the teenage squatters living in your house will be impressed with this one.

A Mannheim-based quintet who, on first glance, you might think don't really belong in a magazine like Fireworks, Gloomball have been steadily building a strong live reputation with the younger end of the Rock and Metal audience since their inception back in 2010. 'The Quiet Monster' is their second album coming as it does some two years after their debut 'The Distance'.

Built around a belligerent battery of riffs and the anarchic growl of front-man Alen Ljubic, their acerbic attack is a real mixture of old and new with elements of everybody from In Flames to Rammstein, or Godsmack to Paradise Lost jumping out and stomping all over your senses at every available opportunity. Simplistic and direct one minute, yet expertly wielding the kind of controlled brutality a lot of the better Thrash or more extreme Progressive bands continue to demonstrate the next; much as I wanted to dislike it I have to say that more you listen, the more compelling they become... an enigmatic paradox indeed!

Take 'Straight To Hell' for instance. Those of a pink 'n' fluffy persuasion will likely shit a brick when the marauding riffs kick and claw their way out of the speakers, yet on the chorus there's an undeniably strong melodic sensibility lurking just below the surface that a lot of the modern day Power Metal bands would do well to emulate – think Amaranthe meets Hammerfall. Compare and contrast that with the ethereal melodrama that unfolds insidiously across the oft quite harrowing 'All Beauty Dies' – an extreme Gothic Metal offering given a twenty thousand volt jolt across the temples.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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I'm not about to pretend that they'll be to all tastes – in fact I'll confidently predict that there'll be a sizeable proportion of readers who are likely to head for the comfort of their Ambrosia collection within the first four bars – but unlike traditional Melodic Rock/AOR which, once again, seems to find itself stuck in a rut, their tangential twist on a contemporary Metal sound actually takes me right back to the primal kind of purity that got me into Rock and Metal in the first place.

So, if you want to expand your musical horizons a little, yet still put strong melodies at the heart of it all, taken a listen to the tempestuous ebb and flow of tracks like 'Sirens (Die Alone)', 'One More Day' and 'Blood Red World'... you may actually be pleasantly surprised!

Even the teenage squatters living in your house will be impressed with this one!

Dave Cockett

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