Godsized is a name I've heard bandied around for a while but haven't previously checked out what all the buzz is about. That is, until now, with 'The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave', what I believe to be the UK band's second EP, a follow up to 2008's 'Brothers in Arms'. Don't let that Dire Straits title of their debut offering mislead you though for Godsized are far from a pastiche of Knopfler & co based on the three hard-hitting, groove infused metal tunes that comprise this sophomore release. The press sheet makes reference to "hard rock" in a paragraph of text taken directly from blurb on the band's own MySpace page but don't let that mislead you either for, on the whole, hard rock this is not. Jeez, how times have changed - had this been released circa-early 90s then "hard rock" wouldn't feature in any description of Godsized's music. It's an interesting measure of people's increasing immunity over the years as to what constitutes "heavy" in the metal sense, for Godsized are primarily a metal band with big, heavy riffs, flitting effectively between stoner grooves and more up tempo passages, occasionally breaking for efficaciously placed guitar solos. Okay, there probably are some hard rock elements at work here, but their sound is fundamentally metal with any 'lighter' moments soon returning to heavier foundations. With only three songs on offer, it's difficult to make too much of a judgement as to Godsized's worth but based on this trio of tracks alone, I recommend checking out 'The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave' for a quick hit of unpretentious, no-frills metal...or hard rock...you decide.
THE PHONEY TOUGH & THE CRAZY BRAVE
Review by Mark Holmes
17th Sept 2010
1) The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave
2) So I'm Told
3) Bleed on the Inside
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"...big, heavy riffs, flitting effectively between stoner grooves and more up tempo passages..."