To deserve the term 'timeless', an album really does have to transcend the era in which it was created. Equilibrium unequivocally achieves this. With roots in 60s psychedelia and classic rock, the fuzzy stoner riffs of the 70s, the grit of 90s grunge and the winning dirty rock n' roll that has in recent years made a resurgence, Boston, MA's Gozu have been churning out killer records since 2009. With 2016's Revival they took their sound in a somewhat new and more aggressive direction, and in doing so, dropped the most compulsive, exciting and downright badass release of their career - and Equilibrium has only raised the stakes. "We wanted these songs to hit a nerve, make people shake their ass and enjoy simply being alive," says vocalist/guitarist Marc "Gaff" Gaffney, who founded the band with lead guitarist Doug Sherman. Much of the record's strength stems from the unit growing since Revival. "I would have to say that the band is sounding the best it ever has right now," Gaffney states plainly. "It takes a bit of time to feel everything out. When you are serious about it, you have to work as a team, and we are four guys that dig the same kind of music and love to play, but we all bring in different elements that give us our sound. It is not just one person channeling, it's the four of us bringing in the ingredients and together making it a delicious meal."
With 2018 marking the tenth anniversary of their self-titled first demo, Gaffney makes it clear that this really feels like only now are they getting started, and with Equilibrium they are doing so in style. That it's their first release for Blacklight Media, the hard rock and heavy metal label founded by Chris Santos, has only served to further energize the four men of Gozu. "It is an absolute honor to be working with Metal Blade's Brian Slagel - who is an absolute man amongst men in the metal scene - and Chris, who is a master of so many trades, but the thing that rises above the rest of his accolades is that first and foremost he loves music. Right now, we feel like we can take on the world, and we have the backing of not one but two amazing men and companies."
Sharing the stage with such bands as the Obsessed, Pallbearer, Fu Manchu, Weedeater, St.Vitus, has inevitably made Gozu a better band. Invited to play South by Southwest numerous times and the first ever Psycho Vegas Festival, has catapulted the band into a higher sphere. Fresh off their US tour with Goatwhore, The Casualties and Black Tusk, they reached more and more rabid audiences. Next up is the Electric Funeral Fest, June 2019 in Denver, CO.
Highlights in Europe have been Roadburn, Keep it Low, Desertfest Berlin and Belgium to packed houses each show. As well as touring a plethora of countries the past 5 years. Gozu is extremely excited to be back in 2019 bringing new music with them.
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