Godsized, 29th May 2010, Nightowl, Cheltenham.
When After Dark get a list of what live music is playing in Gloucestershire we have a chance to pick what we all want to review and most of us missed this metal band and it forced a quick internet search which prompted me to snap up the chance because what I sampled on the net was, in one word, electrifying.
The Nightowl`s intimate surroundings seemed just right for this thunderous group and walking into a wall of heavy metal from the DJ quickly set up the atmosphere perfectly. Hidden in one corner Godsized lounged causally soaking up the beers in hand and fooling around amongst themselves and it was then I realised that this band named seemed pertinent as you can best describe them as Olympian in stature with forearms the size of my head, it suddenly felt the Nightowl was going to be a tight fit.
They were supported by Birmingham based â€˜Dycian Maze` five young guys fronted by a very scary looking lead singer who growled fiercely at everyone. Pretty average stuff with one notable high being a decent Metallica cover, more misses than hit. Once they were done we were faced with the real deal as Godsized squeezed on the stage and wasted no time in getting the place jumping.
Of all the gigs I`ve seen this year no act has started with a song that you would say was their strongest, it makes sense to get the crowd on your side as soon as possible and with â€˜Walking away` all that can be said is what a song! Fantastic vocals matched by some excellent work on the bass this track sucks you in leaving your head helpless in motion and your feet pounding the ground to a bona fide heavy metal track like no otherâ€¦ why? It`s simply too good, it belongs on every rock fans playlist.
Recovering from that they followed on with â€˜Crazy Brave` which was unashamedly loud and showcasing the lead singer Glen`s skills with a guitar. â€˜Brothers in Arms` took the tempo up further letting the drummer Effon excel. They then slowed it down with a bluesy number giving the bass player, Gav a moment in the light for this mellow funky and well worked track.
All four guys complimented each other well and all four seemed keen to put on a great show even pulling out two encores with the crowd pleaser being ZZ Top hit â€˜The Grange` which let lead guitarist Neil flex his talents. They granted me an interview after the show and in-between signing E.P`s and t-shirts I found them endearing and honest. They believe that hard work will get them the success they seek and consider themselves underdogs and at Download festival they surely will be as the opening act on Saturday`s line up which in theory means they follow AC/DCâ€¦ not bad at all.
Godsized say they take inspiration from the likes of ZZ Top, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Guns and Roses and they have been compared to most of these legends which makes me wonder why they haven`t been sighed after seeing them in person, an appearance on the same bill as AC/DC, RATM and many others I don`t think it`ll be long till they achieve their wish and have an album out by the end of the yearâ€¦
It was an honour to witness them at the Nightowl.