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Goya - Harvester of Bongloads

Smoke This World Away - 85%

Twisted_Psychology, June 1st, 2020

At first glance, Goya's third full-length album looks poised to be a dank metal variation of the classic 2112 formula. It seems to be a tale of two halves as a twenty-minute epic encompasses the front side while the other three comparably shorter tracks serve as the back half. This setup raises concerns, especially since previous albums had a tendency of running a little too long, but a combination of a forty-minute runtime and freely flowing songwriting results in what may be the most cohesive effort that Goya has released thus far.

With such a long running time and three movements to work with, the opening "Omen" does a good job of establishing the mood. While its different sequences are tricky to specifically pinpoint, the band explores their dynamics to the fullest extents as the crushingly melancholic verses are rounded out by extended bouts of tripped out psychedelia. The length probably still could've been trimmed and the pacing never goes beyond a snail's crawl, but the solid vocal lines manage to stand out.

The album's other songs don't cover as broad of a spectrum, but the way they work through one another makes for another smooth suite of sorts. "Misanthropy on High" is easily the album's strongest track, pushing the established misery even further with powerfully delivered vocals and a grinding riff set that somehow manages to make the song feel shorter than its twelve-minute duration would suggest. I must admit that "Germination" feels somewhat redundant, essentially serving as a two-minute prelude to "Misanthropy on High" down to featuring a variation of the same riff, and "Disease" ends the album on a less climactic but ultimately groovier note.

While Goya never strays too far from their established stoner doom makeup, it's always nice to see them mix up the formula at play. Harvest of Bongloads is one of their most engaging variations as its longest tracks are among the band's best developed yet and the flow between them is considerably smooth. The song layout may take a bit of time to get a feel for but the overall package is compact enough to make repeat listens enjoyable. Goya is still just a hair away from reaching their magnum opus, but moves like this make them one of the more interesting Electric Wizard acolytes to follow.

Highlights:
"Omen: I. Strange Geometry, II. Fade Away, III. Life Disintegrates"
"Misanthropy on High"