GF93

GF93

G.Oetia F.Etish 19.93

Copro

Helmet may be gone, but they’re certainly not forgotten, their influence still felt in places as distant from their native New York as Italy. Case in point: GF93’s G.Oetia F.Etish 19.93. On their debut album, the Italian quintet strike the hallowed Helmeted balance between white-knuckled urban-metal warfare and lachrymose melodic melancholia, lacing their jackhammered attacks with a none-too-subtle sensitive-man accessibility. More generally hip-hopped and silky smooth than Page Hamilton, frontman Carlo Belloti similarly keeps the intensity levels high, keenly aware that there’s more to the vocal dynamics of passion than over-brimming anger. Still, for as incensed as Belloti gets at times, the rest of GF93 lend an undercurrent of beauty to their equally amped-up sonics, occasionally recalling the recent work of the new-look (and consequently much-improved) Deftones. Though G.Oetia F.Etish 19.93 may be an import, fans of the kill-caress school of modern metal are well advised to track this album down.

Copro, P.O. Box 4429, Henley On Thames, Oxon, UK RG9 1GH; http://www.dune.fionline.it/gf93

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