Album Review: God Damn – “Everything Ever”
As débuts go, Vultures by Black Country duo God Damn was an absolute rip-snorter. The sound of Nirvana being taken out the back and pumped full of British grit, the record saw God Damn propelled onto the stadium circuit, supporting Foo Fighters and garnering mainstream radio airplay along the way
What the two-piece didn’t tell us at the time was that they had another bunch of grungy monoliths waiting in the wings; welcome to Everything Ever. A more focused assault, with each of the 13 tracks on offer clocking in at between three and four minutes, this second album is a hell of a lot more accessible too. That’s not to say Vultures didn’t have a few hummable numbers (Horus and Silver Spooned could stay in your head for days), it’s just that God Damn have replaced some of the swaggering sludge of their début with a quicker, cleaner approach.
Singer/guitarist Thom’s vocals are far less distorted on tracks such as Sing This as he shows off a great mix of melody and growly punkish spite, whilst Ghost with its staccato rhythms harks back to Pretty Money era God Damn. The waltzing I’ll Bury You shows the band at their hypnotic best with an absolutely huge chorus, while Oh No, contrastingly, is almost Suede-esque in its indie rock sensibilities.
Fear not though dear reader, throughout Everything Ever you always get the impression there’s a big old beast waiting round the corner to pulverise your skull, and these do materialise on songs like Dead To Me and in the Turbowolf rhythms of Fake Prisons. God Damn proved they could also pull off stripped-back, almost ballad-like tunes with Dangle Like Skeletons as far back as 2013, so it’s no surprise when the duo round things off here with Easily Misled which features a stirring country vibe, and it’s a fitting end to an intelligent, gritty and wide-ranging album.
The band may have cleaned up their act a bit on album number two, but Everything Ever is still a scuzzy record and very much a God Damn one at that. There's a lot less anger here but the drive is still present and correct, producing an effortlessly listenable piece of heavy music.