G.Oetia F.Etish 19.93
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.
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Nathan T. Birk