Gold Key - Panic Machine
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Gold key are a new band for you to be reading about, and in their short history, they’ve been not-so-quiet in their screams. And with this new release, those screams are louder than ever. With experimental vibes and early 2000’s rock influence, the band feels new and relatable – something extremely difficult to hit on.The band did this album the way they wanted – secluding themselves to create something that not only reflects their isolation but the isolation among people as a whole and with themselves.

The album flows excellently, giving heavy bursts of energy and sludgy tones exactly when you need them. ‘Sweet Darkness’ does all of this and more. An album opener should have a quick punch and get you ready for what’s to come, which is executed over the balanced burn of five minutes.

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Juxtaposing the length, ‘Don’t Sleep’ is one of the shortest songs on the record, but the highest energy, with massive riffs and what can only be described as mechanical sounds with high pitched whirls and squeals. The song doesn’t let up with its heavy bass and repetitious lyrics that will follow you all day, and maybe even for weeks.

‘Shallows’ is a slow and relentless burn. The match strikes and as the song grows in weight and sound, you can feel every cymbal hit and strum of the guitar.

‘The Best of Luck’ closes out the record, with again, perfectly balanced energy and technical skill that feels unmatched – especially in a band that haven’t been around for long. A catchy as all hell chorus, dreamy guitar work, and the last twenty seconds will be stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself tapping along for hours after your first listen.

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The band’s influence is a net that is cast wide. With bands like Shellac, Tool, Mewithoutyou, The Dear Hunter, and Caspian clearly showing through, it’s easy to see why most post-hardcore and heavy/sludge/instrumental fans will love this record and band.

Their sophomore album is strong from beginning to end. With strong riffs and catchy rhythms and lyrics, the band has pushed any doubt aside that there is a sophomore slump.

Panic Machine is available to buy and stream now.