Godsized - Heavy Lies the Crown
Godsized's début long-player Time was a critically acclaimed release in 2013 and expectations ran high for this Brummie quartet. Following on from that release comes Heavy Lies the Crown and, justifying the hype, it's an aggressive, melodic masterpiece that should seal the deal for this British band in their quest for world domination.
Having honed their sound and expert chops touring with the likes of Black Label Society, Monster Magnet and Saxon, amongst others, which has helped garner a loyal fanbase, it's now time for them to stride boldly forth with their own stadium-straddling brand of hard, heavy-hitting rock and roll. No airs, no graces, no posing and posturing, just bullshit free heavy soulful power.
Opening salvo Welcome to Hell charges like a herd of wildebeast at the sight of a predator and Glen Korner's vocals rise high above the crushing weight to deliver the somewhat confrontational lyrics. Pushing Against The Tide has a wonderfully evocative rolling riff while stunning, duel guitar histrionics pepper tracks like Saving You.
Listening to heavy hitters like Never a Better Time it’s hard not to imagine 20,000 or so people going ‘Bat-shit insane’ as the song’s lyrics suggest.
Or witness the beauty of the album’s softer side on Fade and its scorching emotive fretwork that will have those same people swaying, lost in a musical reverie. Indeed, Godsized specialise in anthemic choruses that soar so high that even the spiders in the arena ceiling will be throwing the horns.
If there was only one British band to pin hopes on being next to conquer the globe, stick your money on Godsized. Musical messiahs.
Words: Paul Cooke