Gloson is from Sweden and this is their album released September 2014 titled Yearwalker. Gloson play some murky sludge infused with doom. When I say murky, I mean the album is dark and mysterious, lurking behind every shadow watching you.
Yearwalker is powerful, filling your head full of dissonant guitars, monstrous growls, and hard hitting drums. You will be lucky if Gloson doesn’t stomp you into the ground with their music. The sludge aspects hold you back submerging you deeper into the murky darkness while the slow rolling doom sections deliver punishing blows to the chest.
Yearwalker rolls along after the intro shape shifting from sludge to doom and back again seamlessly. The music is beautifully dark and well written making for an enjoyable descent into madness. Not all of the album is dark and twisting however. During the course of the album, they do have their slower more melodic parts. One song in particular stands out among the group with a more extended melodic piece. The song is titled The End/Aftermath, and it just so happens to be the longest song on the album as well. Around halfway through the almost twelve minute song, they break into something that provides even more atmosphere than what was portrayed before. The guitars become lighter and not as murky, and some clean singing is injected into the song, making for something more emotional.
The End/Aftermath melts into the closer The Aftermath/Beginning which showcases more of Gloson’s musical talents. The sludge riffs are melodic, the drums are pummeling, the bass is cranium vibrating and the growls are equal to that of a monster you just disturbed from its slumber. The other three songs on Livewalker exude this mysterious, dark, yet melodic symphony of darkness as well. From beginning to end, Yearwalker comes full circle.
It is powerful without being over bearing, yet soft at points letting you regroup and prepare for the next sledgehammer heavy riff Gloson throws your way. Marrying these two aspects together so well is what makes for an interesting album that you really cannot stop listening to. The smart song craft, lyric writing, and musicianship is what you want to hear in an album, and Gloson deliver.