- The Isolationist
- Erik Myers, Scene magazine
dabbled in instrumentals and Latin acoustic influences, FoCo headbangers
GasHead have dropped the pretenses for their third album, The Isolationist.
The crazed quartet’s true calling: heavy-as-hell thrash metal.
Really, who needs experimentation when you’ve got universe-bending
Satriani-styled solos? Or nightmarish power chord progressions?
GasHead has grown as a band, but by sticking to a routine that doesn’t
radically change direction, they have constructed a smashingly good
Isolationist starts off with a big ruddy bang with “Dissolve,”
an accelerating kicker led by lead singer Josh Purdy, who balances
straight singing with the guttural screeches that are typically
despised by listeners outside of the metal genre. Yet there’s
something accessible about Purdy’s approach. Maybe it’s
the dark humor of his lyrics: “You’re either fat or
fucking hungry, third world picnic and there’s plenty of pie.”
One ought to take note of the plethora of issues tackled. “Juarez”
is a blood-soaked take on the heavily populated Mexican city, a
city plagued with recurring femicide and mass grave discoveries
in the past few years. Meanwhile, “1s0s” is an ode to
Occasionally Mike Lopez breaks away from the thematic for glorious
guitar solos that sound primed for an expert tier in the next Guitar
GasHead might not sound differently from most quality metal acts,
but there’s no doubt that they’ve worked hard on their
latest effort. You can hear it in the quality production and the
challenging guitar solos. That, in itself, says something to their
abilities; in this genre, perhaps more than any other, it can be
hard to not suck.
Rough Edge Reviews
GasHead - The Isolationist || 3.5 out of 4
just say this right off: GasHead is a superb band.
The first thing I noticed about "The Isolationist" is
that just about all of the songs have enough hooks to keep the CD
interesting throughout. Combine that with outstanding metal musicianship
and this becomes one fine recording.
What I liked best about this CD is that the music was fun and easy
to listen to. That's too often a difficult thing to say about a
heavy metal CD, but GasHead makes it look easy with "The Isolationist."
GasHead is a band that knows how to deliver a great recording and
I wholly recommend this CD. The band even does a great cover of
the Testament tune, "Disciples of the Watch."
Marquee Magazine Feb 08
Brian F. Johnson
|| The Isolationist || FistMusic/Hapi
Skratch Records || 3.5 out of 5
2003, GasHead has set the standards for instrumental speed metal,
but with this latest release, Gashead has finally added something
to their band that they‚ve never had before, in the studio
or on a stage ˜ a mic stand.
The Isolationist is the band‚s first full-length vocal album,
produced by long-time Front Range guitar bad-ass Dave Beegle. Three
of the vocal cuts are completed by local singer, James Brennan,
while GasHead lead vocalist Josh Purdy holds down the majority of
The addition of vocals has been carefully handled by the band. They
add a lot without taking away from the hard-driving Satriani-style
guitarwork that has always been the band‚s cornerstone. It‚s
a slippery slope that so far the band has traversed miraculously.
If the lyrics continue to be as strong in the future as the ones
on The Isolationist, the band will have hit a stride that could
carry them for some time.