Fresh from their European tour with The Pineapple Thief at the start of 2017, Godsticks entered the studio to finish work on their new studio album – Faced With Rage. The Cardiff based four-piece, having already been hailed by the UK's Metal Hammer magazine as "one of the UK's most idiosyncratic rock bands," with their new album have delivered on their promise to be just as heavy as their self-released 2015 album Emergence but this time with a darker feel and more industrial sound.
"The aggressive feel and sound from Emergence remains intact but we think that we've probably created our most progressive album to date, albeit unintentionally!" says singer/guitarist Darran Charles. "We wanted our previous album Emergence to be an onslaught of aggressive heavy guitars and vocals from start to finish because we felt we needed to make a strong statement about the direction we were heading in musically, but ‘Faced with Rage' features a lot more light and shade, and I think we've been more creative when trying to shape the dark and aggressive feel we wanted."
A variety of synth sounds found their way into the longer song formats (brevity had been the Godsticks calling card up until now) but as always guitar and Charles' vocals are still at the forefront of the band's sound. Lyrically, Faced With Rage, explores the theme of people dealing with emotional conflict in different scenarios, and who have a powerful desire to change their behavior or situation. It features for the first time a four-piece line up with new drummer Tom Price and guitarist Gavin Bushell who bring a more aggressive playing style to back up Charles' unique vocal sound and Dan Nelson's driving bass. Drums and vocals were recorded at the world-renowned Monnow Valley Studio in Wales and the album was produced by James Loughrey.