Galvano - Trail of the Serpent
Gothenburg sphincter-worrying, low-end peddlers, Galvano bring the sludge with this, their sophomore offering to the gods of heavy, Trail of the Serpent.
Born as a three piece back in 2005, by 2007 they had release their demo and completed a short tour of Europe. By 2011 the trio were down to a duo. Debut LP Two Titans followed in 2012. The pair now stands as Mattias Nööjd on guitar and vocals and Markus Bolechowski Franklin on the skins following the departure of Fredrik Käll from the drum throne in April of this year.
Trail of the Serpent follows on from debut Two Titans, with it’s beating heart of mammoth heavy riffage and brooding atmospherics, with the immediately noticeable difference being the length of each track. They’ve evidently gone for a more epic scope on this release; perhaps to capitalize on the current trend for all things heavy and prog combined.
Straight off the bat on opener The Gathering you can feel Swedish-ness. That trademark, bowel movement imminent, buzzsaw tone that fellow Swedes Nihilist, Entombed and others created and delivered so well. No doubt there was an increase in sales of adult nappies amongst gig-goers back in the day.
Trail of the Serpent is very big and shouty, at times like a less accessible Mastodon, but the riffs pull you under like a malicious boyfriend would pull his girlfriend’s head beneath the sheets to smell a proud fart. Reveling in it’s fuzzed up guitars and melancholic interludes there are a wide gamut of emotions delivered on this release - a necessity when you think that no track comes in at under 9 minutes 30 and astounding when you consider that this is a two-piece band!
It’s a musical journey, sometimes through quicksand and other times through gentle acoustic landscapes, but always with a sadness accompanying each step.
Walk with Galvano along the Trail of the Serpent and your journey will be a doom-laden trek through a musical Mordor, full of dark twists and turns and you won’t even have to put your finger in a Hobbit’s ring. Peace.
Words: Paul Cooke