By: Lauren Hampton
Gone is Gone is a rock group based out of Los Angeles, California. The band itself may be recent, but the members are all seasoned musicians. Gone is Gone is comprised of Troy Sanders (lead vocals and bass) from Mastodon, Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar) from Queens of the Stone Age, Tony Hajjar (drums) from At the Drive-In, and Mike Zarin (guitar and keyboard), founder of Sencit Music. The band is getting ready to release their self-titled EP on July 7th .
The first song on the EP, “Violescent,” is a powerful beginning. With a beat that you’ll want to head bang along with, this song definitely sets the mood and the bar high for the rest of the EP. Next, “Starlight” starts off with an eerie and ominous tone that pulls listeners in right away and keeps them on the edge of their seats as the piece builds the whole way through. Gone is Gone gives the feeling of “searching for starlight” with this song. The tone of the EP changes drastically with the intro to “Stolen from Me”, but then returns back to the mysterious vibe with Sander’s deep vocals. As “Character” begins, a bone chilling sensation sets listeners up for something big, but then they find themselves suddenly listening to something that is not too common on a rock album. Reminiscent of a meditation, “Character” is a track that is a bit disconnected from the EP. The next song, “One Divided” starts off with a driving drum beat, then halfway through the song everything falls to chaos. While some might find this off putting, others would agree that it helps to add to Gone is Gone’s mysterious tone. The highlight of the EP, “Praying from the Danger” is by far the most exciting. Musically, this song is the most diverse which sets it apart from the other songs. “Recede and Enter”, like “Character”, is another track that has a meditation feel to it. “This Chapter” ends the EP and ties all of it together. The song starts off slow, but in true Gone is Gone fashion continues to build until the end.
Gone is Gone has more than mastered the sense of writing ominous and mysterious music, and this is a constant theme that flows through their EP. Overall the EP is good and is, for the most part, consistent. If you are looking for a new band to follow, Gone is Gone would be one to check out.
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