12 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gone Is Gone count members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and At the Drive-In among their ranks, and these gentlemen realize they're not exactly going to out-aggro their day jobs here. While "Gift" and "Ornament" bring the hot riffs, the most striking moments on their debut are atmospheric ballads such as "Dublin" and "Colourfade," which set aside the thrash to find Mastodon’s Troy Sanders offering up clean, seductive vocals atop reverb-smeared guitars.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gone Is Gone count members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and At the Drive-In among their ranks, and these gentlemen realize they're not exactly going to out-aggro their day jobs here. While "Gift" and "Ornament" bring the hot riffs, the most striking moments on their debut are atmospheric ballads such as "Dublin" and "Colourfade," which set aside the thrash to find Mastodon’s Troy Sanders offering up clean, seductive vocals atop reverb-smeared guitars.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
AViralCure

So-so.

I was excited to hear what they would come up with after their first album that I still listen to quite frequently.
Unfortunately, this is pretty boring. It's not a bad album, but it's not very interesting in any way. Maybe if I was tripping on acid and/or really stoned I could appreciate it more, but being stone cold sober ( sigh ) it's very forgettable.

Rock Connoisseur

Nothing really impressive here

Not bad by any means but it's not something that really stands out either. You would expect more from a supergroup featuring the likes of Troy Sanders, Troy Van Leeuwen and Tony Hajiar but the result is just an average-at-best stoner rock album that might be an alright listen for 50 minutes or so of novelty but is otherwise easily forgettable.

Jimenides

Stoner Rock gets Sophisticated

I really enjoyed this. I've heard a lot of bad things about this album, and while yes, it doesn't blow you away, it is solid in its own right. Troy really exposes his voice in a way that you would never hear on a Mastodon album, and it's very impressive. I would say this album is a nice blend of the members' other projects: there's a lot of QOTSA going on, and a little Mastodon. But, I would say a lot of this is reminiscent of TVL's work with A Perfect Circle. (For the record, I know absolutely nothing about At The Drive In.) This is what A Perfect Circle would sound like if it was fronted by Troy Sanders instead of MJK, with all the implications that you would expect from that assessment (less eccentric, sludgier, darker, at times monochromatic). The stoner riffs are great, and I think that throws some listeners off: stoner riffs are repetitive and relatively simplistic, but they're catchy. So, these aren't marauding Mastodon riffs, or quriky QOTSA licks (although both do appear in spurts). It's interesting enough for fans of QOTSA and/or Mastodon fans to buy, just to hear two of their heroes in a different setting.

About Gone Is Gone

Gone Is Gone is an atmosphere-driven, heavy rock quartet built around the talents of At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Zarin, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. Founded in 2016, the group issued an eponymous EP in July, with its debut long-player, Echolocation, dropping in early 2017. Both releases were issued via Rise Records. ~ James Christopher Monger

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2016

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