First and foremost, this album is STRAIGHT UP DOOMY STONER SLUDGY PUDGY NOISY FREEFLOWING ELECTRIC GUITARS FORMING ALL WALL OF NOISE RUCKOUS ROCK. If you’re not into that sort of thing, please, feel free to leave the room. However, if you love to groove, than crank up the volume and lets dip into the land of General!
For this album, I’m not going to go to in depth, or worry about analyzing each song track-by-track. I’ve always enjoyed listening to this kind of album with nothing to do but chill and enjoy the dirty, fuzzy tone of the guitars. General has established an immense wall of sound that provides an overall feeling of goodness. They’re a little bit of rock, a little bit of doom, a little bit of sludgy goodness.
Some standout tracks in my mind include “Make Or Breakdown,” “Out of the Sky,” and “Feel the Same.” The album has an incredible tempo that seems to move from beginning to end. Although the guitars’ tones and tunings seem to remain constant and unwavering throughout the recording, General is able to weave a complex weave of energy and emotion in each track. To state that every song sounds the same would either mean that you were flat out not paying attention to the music, or that you picked up the incorrect album. They are strong in what they do, but they do not limit themselves to any one influence of the genre.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album from beginning to end. If there is one thing that I found ultimately interesting
while listening to the album, it was General’s ability to completely surprise me with each track. Their formula is far from simple, but these musicians make it appear as easy as tying their shoes.
All in all, this album kept me banging my head the entire way through. Strangely, I also had a giant smile on my face the entire time. The album is not so much a new take on doom, as it is a doom band that has made a nice little home within the genre. I would imagine that even non-metalheads of the scene would enjoy this disc. I don’t believe it would be a must have to them, but I know that it will definitely get regular spins from me. In fact, this is a definite track to keep around – for any time or activity of the day! I didn’t rank it that high, because frankly, it’s not exactly mind blowing. BUT- with the previous remark stated, I would URGE YOU TO BUY A COPY! This is a great metal album to have in your collection, whether it’s your physical or virtual collection. Land mark album? Not necessarily… Must have? Oh, yes.