For fans of the band — I consider myself one — and those who’ve followed them for some portion of the last 10 years, Equilibrium should stand undeniably as the most exacting representation of who Gozu is as a band to-date. Their sound is fully their own and they are in full command of it. Their songwriting is natural and the performances here from all four players together only demonstrates how much the lineup has clicked after touring in the US and Europe to support Revival. These same factors are exactly what also makes Equilibrium such a viable point of entry for new listeners. There is nothing redundant about Equilibrium, and the sense of balance that pervades doesn’t come at the cost of vitality; Gozu sound exciting, fresh, and like one of the most individualized bands in American heavy rock — which, of course, is exactly what they’ve become.
-JJ Koczan, The Obelisk, April 4, 2018
released April 13, 2018
Marc Gaffney: vocals and guitar
Doug Sherman: lead guitar
Mike Hubbard: drums and percussion
Joe Grotto: bass
All music and lyrics by Gozu
Recorded, Produced and mixed by Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic, Portsmouth, NH
Mstarex by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor, MI
Artwork and design by Chris Smith for Grey Aria Design Studio, Pittsburgh, PA
Chris Santos, Brian Slagel and the rest of the Blacklight Media/Metal Blade team, Ian McFarland, JJ Koczan at The Obelisk, Aaron Pickfor at The Sludglord, Jeff Blanchard from Lucky 13, Carve Slayer, Ian Watts and Ape Machine, Monson Guitars, Scott Hamilton, Arron Gray, and everyone else who’s gone above and beyond.
Management: Lauren Kusters, a.k.a. Brooklyn Larry (email@example.com
A&R: Mike Faley (firstname.lastname@example.org
North America: Aaron Gray at Heavy Talent (email@example.com
Europe: Gabrielle Fiori at Heavy Psych Sounds (firstname.lastname@example.org