Bandcamp Undercover: False Gharial – Tragic Demise

Tragic Demise

From the recommendation of the PR wire who provided this release for listening and reviewing, I decided to listen to the sophomore EP by False Gharial. This Singapore-based outfit are definitely hard to peg in terms of genre. Their style is heavy, but not in the way of normal tech metal or progressive metal bands. There isn’t much in the way of riffing or pretentious, cheesy cliches. False Gharial are completely different, really, and they are here to win an uphill battle.

Tragic Demise is an affair that is always interesting and spell-binding. Indeed, I think that is the most impressive aspect here: the music grabs, holds and doesn’t let go. False Gharial builds a wonderful wall of sound with down-tuned guitar riffs, offbeat drumming with amazing fills, a refreshing bass work and plenty of atmospherics. One of the things you will notice right away is the fact that FG is very comfortable with odd time signatures. “Suicide Forest” is an easy example of this, as the song never quite feels “right” the first time through, but then your mind will grasp the beat in all of its intangible glory in subsequent listens. In the end, the composition is genius and absolutely mind-boggling to perform.

The EP never really stops, though. “Turning Point” and “Lockown” continue the incredible composition, though I feel that they are slightly more accessible. The listener is blown away time and again by the fullness of the sound and the ease with which the band establishes an odd groove. This band has a penchant for creating groovy atmospheres that blow right over your head, but then come back and smack you in the spine with their genius.

Get the EP from Bandcamp here.

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