GEL Album Review [2019]

GEL Album Review [2019]

About The Band

Gel is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing young rising stars emerging from the New Jersey hardcore punk scene. Bursting onto the scene with their debut demo tape from December of last year, the energetic four piece returns with the release of their hard hitting self titled EP. And it's one hell of a musical joyride. 


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At just under ten minutes in length, this six track endeavor wastes no time setting the scene with the apocalyptic opener 'Retrospect'. Being the longest track of the bunch, this song acts as a slow build up to the fast paced controlled chaos that will soon commence. And chaotic it truly is. While every instrument here does it's job to add to the auditory destruction, it's the eccentric vocal performances that really push the experience to the next level. In a sea of vocalist who all too often sound just like each other, GEL makes it a point to stand out. More than anything, Sami’s vocals come off as an angry protester screaming at the top of their lungs, which is completely perfect for the style and backing instrumental. Track after track, the band continues it's harsh assault (albeit a very enjoyable assault), culminating in the most passionate screams and shrieks, yet on the the closing track 'Counterfeit'. The song does a great job at rounding out the EP, bringing together all the elements that make it great. 


Bobko and Sami at one of their intimate live sets. Check them often if you go through New Jersey as they do shows pretty consistently!

Bobko and Sami at one of their intimate live sets. Check them often if you go through New Jersey as they do shows pretty consistently!

The Verdict

Wild guitar riffs, soaring bass lines, violent drum patterns, and eardrum bursting screams, all add up to make this EP one hell of a punk rock powerhouse. While it may be extremely short in length, GEL more than makes up for it with it's nonstop onslaught of noise and passion. While nothing here is extremely boundary pushing, this is an absolute must listen for anyone even remotely into hardcore punk. Using this EP as a point of reference, it's safe to say that GEL is definitely a band to look out for in the future. 






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