Gloomball – “The Distance”

Gloomball – “The Distance” (Steamhammer / SPV)

Taking inspiration from the hometown’s long association with the car industry, these modern German alt rockers produce their own loveable hybrid of a band mixing in Jakk Wylde, Alter Bridge and to a lesser extent Rob Zombie’s electronica and even some 80s AOR – any doubters should check their hard cut cover of Robert M. Tepper‘s ‘No Easy Way Out’ from the movie classic ‘Rocky IV’! Elsewhere, it’s monstrous swaggering riffs that drive songs like ‘Blown Away And Gone’ and ‘Hand In Blood’ which are tempered beautifully by Alen Ljubic’s laid back vocals. An unashamed melting pot, Gloomball’s talent lies not just in their versatility but that whatever their fusion, it all sounds so damn good and is brilliantly catchy, not in least thanks to the guitar work of Björn Daigger and Jossi Lenk, effortlessly feeding off each other in producing melodies to power riffs or grooves. Gloomball only formed 3 years ago but they are already taking their homeland by storm, touring with the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Neaera and Parkway Drive to name a few which speaks bunches about their huge appeal on going the distance.

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