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by Godhunter

Blends a potent concoction with equal parts of thrash, sludge and doom. Not recommended for the faint of heart. For fans of Eyehategod, Buzzoven, His Hero Is Gone
Genre: Metal/Punk: Doom/Stoner Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (Stop Being) Sheep
5:49 $0.99
2. Wolves of the North
6:14 $0.99
3. Red State/Black Crusade
4:46 $0.99
4. Powerbelly
7:40 $0.99
5. (Dead Hooker By the Side of) The Road
7:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Godhunter is a growing force in the Southwest heavy music scene, having shared the stage with bands such as St. Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, The Sword, Intronaut, Black Tusk, and Early Graves. An ever evolving project, the band strives to deliver more crushing music with each release. No quarter will be given. The music is raw and unforgiving, peeling the back the fake mask of progress to show the world as it really is, a truly ugly place.

Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Exhumed) at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, AZ
Mastered by David Shirk (Mastodon, Soilent Green) at Sonorous Mastering in Tempe, AZ

Album Personnel:

David Rodgers- Guitars, Vocals
Charlie Touseull- Vocals
Ryan "Dick" Williamson- Bass
Ryan Clark- Drums
Matthew Davis- Keyboards

Guest Vocals on "Red State/Black Crusade" and "(Dead Hooker By The Side Of) The Road" by Sean Raines

Reviews of Godhunter:

"Caustic stoner doom from Tucson, Arizona that among the bong-blasted, Sabbath-worshipping grooves contains a lurking, alcohol-fuelled nihilism and a dark, progressive taint of the highest Neuroses-ian order." -Toby Cook, Metal Hammer Magazine Issue #234

"I have always said that I like my music fast, loud and heavy, so when I was given this “Wolves,” I was pretty excited! I mean, with a name like GODHUNTER, you’d better be able to back it up. And they did. At first, I was a bit disappointed with the pace of the first song, but then something happened. The music was so heavy and brutal that for the first time since I heard the band Candlemass’s 1987 album, “Ancient Dreams” (on cassette mind you!), I wanted to destroy things at a slow pace. Man, did GODHUNTER back their name up, that’s for sure. With heavy, and I mean heavy, low tuned guitars, growling vocals, gloom trudging bass and drums, this album is a true testament to the words Heavy-Metal. But be warned, if you’re looking for fast, thrash metal, this isn’t it. If you’re like me and do enjoy the occasional break from neck break, lightning speed metal and you need to come down, but don’t want to lose that metal edge, GODHUNTER’s “Wolves” is the album to get. Yes, I promise, you won’t be disappointed." -Mickey Sixx Robinson, Tucson Records & Productions

"Slow and sludgy and full of fuzzed-out guitar buzzing, Godhunter plays what's probably best described as stoner rock. As such they're not in any hurry to get to the vocals; on "(Stop Being) Sheep" singer Charlie Touseull waits three minutes, fully half of the song, before beginning his angst-filled screaming. Touseull's vocals are not bad but they're also not much different from those employed by any number of other bands and it's the instrumental portions of these songs that are the most enjoyable." -Kevin Wierzbicki, antimusic.com

"Unbearable tension in barely restrained riffs, pounding, constant war beats, a thundering, all encompassing bass walks and vocals that roar with conviction all serve to inform that Godhunter are serious about what they do. Delivering sludgy hardcore with swamp-evocating textures, dirty Arizona motifs and a righteous anger, this young south-west quintet is setting the bar high with this second EP. “Wolves” is a short work, but with an element of maturity that is instantly engaging. There’s a strong element of melodic sensibility underpinning each song that elevates this beyond contemporaries and it’s hard to resist the earthy charms and deep groove which characterise this release. There’s a real southern charm that permeates this release and by the time the whiskey stained clean vocals kick in on final track, (the embarrassingly named) “Dead Hooker by the Side of the Road,” it would be the hard heart indeed that hadn’t been won over. Ultimately, this is a release that suggests great promise and it’s going to be interesting to see where Godhunter go from here. As it stands, this is a release as varied as it is engrossing with each song bringing a different element to the table. As a sophomore EP with no album under their belts, this is entirely commendable and well worth support." -John Muskett, ThisIsNotaScene.com

"Tucson Arizona's Godhunter return with their latest effort Wolves which is their finest effort to date. Godhunter is a combination of several of the Southwests big names in the hardcore-noisecore-sludgecore (there's too many sub-genres) scene, but it's definitely with Godhunter that the new sound of heavy punk is clear. The path of American hardcore through music history has been as tumultuous as they come, and growth in sub-genres has split the scene even further, but Godhunter have a real sense of purpose about them, something that's been missing from many other acts going about today. Wolves is a 5 track kick to the teeth that captures the spirit of hardcore in a crashing wave of aggression. The opening track "(Stop Being)Sheep" builds slowly but expertly to a "Modern Life is War" style drop that sets the tone for the EP - gnarled, thundering with frustrated energy and downright fun." -Altsounds.com

"Local sludge quintet Godhunter finally unveils a proper physical-CD release for their debut five-track album, which became available via the band's Bandcamp site earlier this year. Recorded at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler and released by Tucson extreme-music label Acid Reflux, Wolves wields a medulla oblongata-wrenching wallop and obvious political (anarcho-libertarian) lyrics. In opening cut "(Stop Being) Sheep," lead screamer Charlie Touseull offers clear-cut directions to the Starbucks-windows-wrecking crowd: "Don't just bitch / Smash, burn, fight / Recipe: / Bottle, gas, rag, ignite." It's an oddly kinetic memo to generate against a backdrop of lumbering-dinosaurs-trapped-in-molasses doom-metal riffs. But Godhunter delivers it with enough conviction and authority that I don't wish to argue with anything these guys say, even if I don't agree with much of it. The band gets a nifty boost from local singer Sean Raines (We Killed the Union), who provides additional melodic vocals on two tracks, including the harrowing, heavier-than-a-wooly-mammoth's-hairy-balls "Red State/Black Crusade." Godhunter has already opened for a shit-ton of top stoner-doom-crust bands coming through town—The Sword, Black Tusk, Crowbar. Although they're playing a style of music arguably better suited for the South than the Southwest, Godhunter deserves some serious street cred for creating perhaps the best sludge album to ever ooze out of Tucson." -Jarret Keene, Tucson Weekly

"Though one usually tends to think of sludge as emanating or at least imitating the climate of the Southeastern part of the US – the unbearable summer heat and lung-collapsing humidity are an arguable impetus for the sound in themselves – its influence is far more widespread than its geography, and one of the more interesting upshots of that is hearing what players from different regions bring to the already established style. The single-guitar five-piece Godhunter, whose name is about as metal as it gets, make their home in Tucson, Arizona, and to follow suit, the sound of their self-released Wolves EP is bone dry. Sure, David Rodgers’ guitars are outfitted with stonerly distortion, but there’s something in the tone that comes off like it gets less than 10 inches of annual rainfall. As the five tracks progress, and particularly as a Down influence makes itself known on riffy closer “(Dead Hooker by the Side of) The Road,” that dryness becomes more consuming, and though Godhunter have done well to change the pace throughout – showing sludge’s punk/crossover roots on “Red State/Black Crusade” before dooming it up on “Powerbelly” – Wolves becomes more typified by its excursions into hardcore-style gang vocals, with Rodgers and guest vocalist Sean Raines joining in standalone-singer Charlie Touseull’s shouts on the 7:40 “Powerbelly” for a rousing, memorable chorus about black magic, black whiskey, evil women and bags of weed. The same tactic shows up on “The Road,” as well, and as that and “Powerbelly” are both near eight-minutes long, they seem written at a different time than the first three tracks, or at least working on a different line of inspiration, whether it’s the output of multiple songwriters or what. Neither song is out of place on Wolves, and the material is all the more cohesive because of the consistency of its production – which thins Ryan “Dick” Williamson’s bass some and less than ideally captures drummer Ryan Clark’s toms on opener “(Stop Being) Sheep,” but is steady in setting an overall context nonetheless – so maybe it’s just a case of burgeoning sonic diversity beginning to show itself. Either way, the Wolves EP makes for a solid 32 minutes of sludge-based aggression, and whatever forms it’s working with, they generally arrive still well able to qualify as such. The vocals are mixed high from the start, though one gets the sense that Touseull wouldn’t have had any trouble cutting through the music surrounding anyway, but it’s a couple minutes into “(Stop Being) Sheep” before he comes on, and in that time, Godhunter set a steady build and enforce and underlying groove that shows some schooling in doom. The guitar runs a creepy line complemented by Williamson’s bass, and it’s not until more than halfway through that the verse begins with angry, metallic-sounding throaty shouts – not quite growls or screams, but not clean either for still being mostly decipherable. Musically, the momentum seems to really play itself out over the course of the last minute, but the anticipation for a payoff to that 5:49 build remains as Godhunter moves into “Wolves of the North.” Fortunately, the track wastes no time in providing a higher stake of energy, Touseull and Rodgers foreshadowing the gang chants to come with some back and forth in the verse and chorus. Both Williamson and Clark are given better treatment here, with the former filling out beneath a guitar lead with style and apparent ease as the drums make ready to renew the crashes and kick-thuds of the chorus. Matthew Davis is credited with keyboards in the liner, but if there are any on “Wolves of the North,” I must be missing them, and in the time since the EP’s late-2011 release, Davis seems to have been replaced by a guitarist named Jake, which is probably fair since there are multiple layers of guitar throughout Wolves and more distortion rarely hurts. The centerpiece, “Red State/Black Crusade” (which begins its lyrics by incorporating Charlton Heston’s famous “cold dead hands” quote, later repeated) is also the shortest cut on the EP at 4:46, and while I’m not sure where the political allegiance driving the song actually lies, I also can’t help but think that’s probably the point. Better pay attention to the riff instead, as it seems to bridge the gap between the personalities of the first two and the last two tracks, stoner and Southern but still transitional to the shifts that take place on “Powerbelly” and “The Road.” And maybe those shifts aren’t drastic – they’re not genre-hopping by any stretch – but it’s enough to note on repeat listens to Wolves that Godhunter have more variety in their sound than it might at first seem. “Powerbelly” ends with a righteous slowdown – Touseull suitably roughs up his vocals – and grooves out its last minute-plus, setting up the start-stop intro of “(Dead Hooker by the Side of) The Road” and it’s more inherently Southern riffing. Again, I’m left feeling like the production isn’t doing the songs the best service it can, but it’s hard to hold that against a band getting their start. A call and response verse replaces the need for much of a first-movement chorus, and the ensuing structural nuance speaks well of what could be to come from the band. Cleaner vocals with a touch of drawl top a quiet break that opens up to slower, languid riff that seems like it’s going to close the EP until a more direct churn comes back in to offset the repetition of the line “I don’t want to see you drown/I just want to know you’re dead,” giving a final pulse of energy before reverting back to one last delivery of that same lyric before fading to silence. It has its rough patches, mostly related to the mix – vocals down, bass up, always – but Wolves gives a solid impression of what Godhunter have to offer at present and might morph into as they embark on their collective creative development (unless they decide to go polka, which would be entertaining), and for that delivers everything one could reasonably ask of it in showing Godhunter as a band to keep an eye on going forward. Considering its social media ubiquity, Godhunter are clearly making an effort to get it out there, and I find no argument with the cause’s worthwhile nature." -The Obelisk

"The four previous paragraphs of vague praise devoid of unnecessary detail and/or spoilers too specific that you don't need to listen to the EP yourself should suffice. If you're a fan of any of aforementioned genres of music, metal, beards, beer, or parentheses, I imagine you'll find something to love about the "Wolves" EP. 30+ minutes of great music for five dollars is one of the better deals you'll find these days, and the bros in Godhunter deliver just that. After over a dozen listens in the past couple of weeks, I'm still finding little nuances of the album that I enjoy, and I dig the album more with each listen. That gets it into my regular rotation, and a well-deserved 8/10." -Mosh N Hops Blog

"Tucson, Arizona’s Godhunter formed in 2008 and “Wolves” is the band’s second EP. The band play a heavy, sludgy, southern doom style that is big on groove on low on fat. Opener “(Stop being) Sheep” is groovy and heavy but also has a certain sense of meditative calm to the riffs that is more Shrinebuilder than Eyehategod. “Wolves from the North” comes with a kickass groove and some very tasty bass playing that’s maybe a bit low in the mix. “Red State/ Black Crusade” initially reminded me of Alabama Thunderpussy with its southern fried groove but the second half of the song goes off into heavier territory and kicks some serious ass. “Powerbelly” is the highlight of this EP. A killer doom riff opens the song and an infectious groove and vocal line for the chorus makes it very memorable. The EP closes with “(dead hooker by the side of) The Road”. The vocalist might be channeling a bit of Phil Anselmo and it ends things on a morose and downer note. Godhunter sound remarkably self assured and there’s a maturity to the song writing that’s rare for a band only on its second EP. You could pick out their influences but there isn’t any one band that they exactly sound like. This band is well on its way to finding its own distinct voice in a crowded genre. Bring on the full length I say. 8/10: Light up a fatty and press play." -Global Domination

"I had the chance to sit down and listen to the new release "Wolves" by the Tucson Sludge/Doom band Godhunter. "Wolves" is an elevated saga of fire-eating doom, Philistine in its riffs, and merciless to your ears with astonishing heaviness. The sophomore album is a stalwart follow-up to the "Teargas EP." The album has great "flow" and bang-up production. The album breaks in on the first track (Stop being) Sheep, with its ghostly guitars, grinding away like a sword at sharpening stone. Great album opener! Godhunter does a real good job at taking their time with this track just letting it percolate like a building volcano until it explodes into the second track, Wolves of the North. I hear a lot of Black Tusk in this album. Guitarist David Rodgers brings the heavy on Wolves to the North similar to Andrew Fidler does on Black Tusk's track Redline. My favorite thing about this album is the deep fuzzy guitars. Yes, I am a gear nerd. Luckily I was fortunate to have David share his gear breakdown. So here it is F.Y.A. (For.Your.Ass) David uses a custom 100 watt WHITE running through a custom built 260 watt Emperor cabinet made out of Marine Birch with four handwired Weber 65s. Passed down like the "Spear of Destiny," traveling through the hands of its dominate victors, the WHITE Amp has moved from owner to owner. It was originally built for Mike Scheidt of Yob, Then sold to Just Godfrey of The Abominable Iron Sloth, then sold it to David, But I digress...In Red State/Black Crusade, the album really gets into the "meat and potatoes" of the album. Charlie Touseull's vocals rip through this track like a mega-ton bomb clearing whats left after the brutal waves of E.M.P-esq heavy guitars. This track is groovin'! Powerbelly takes it's inspiration from a great friend of the band, Texan Joe Dudley McCoy. The 7:40 min Powerbelly is my favorite track on the album with slow sludgy two min intro dragging along like a snake belly on the brutal Sonoran desert. The pulsing background keys and big riffs make this track. (Dead hooker by the side of) The Road is an epic album closer! 7:44 minutes of some of the finest doom around. Local blues boozer Sean Raines, of Tucson's We Killed The Union, lends his gritty, bluesy vocals on this track, and on other parts of the album. Sean's vocals can also be heard sharing the lead on Red State/Black Crusade, and the chorus of Powerbelly. I love the breakdown at the 3:33 mark, with the droning guitars and Sean chanting the "I just wanna know you're dead" doom mantra. The lead at 5:52 is perfect, nothing flashy, but sends the track over the top. To sum it up, this is a great sophomore album by the Tucson natives. If you're in need of some heavy "Wolves" is for you. Currently the band is selling their album digitally at godhunter.bandcamp.com but is also available at all the online retailers; cdbaby.com, Itunes, Rhapsody and Amazon. The band will be doing numerous dates throughout the Southwest in early 2012, so don't miss your chance to catch this rising force in the Southwestern scene. Final Score: 8/10" -Luther Von Fuzz, Axe of Contrition Blog

“Godhunter/Methra - split 10" Two doomy, sludgy heavy bands from Tucson, Arizona. Godhunter plays a heavy slow hateful sound that could be found someplace between Eyehategod and Buzzov*en with a touch more stoner rock. There are a few things that set this apart. First, the lyrics seem centered around anti-god/jesus and the unhappiness of life. Second, there are some crazy guitar solos thrown in. Methra speed it up and have more of a hardcore influence. "Big Gulp" is a slow doom track. (Acid Reflux Records)”— Mike Howes, MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL

“Some bands give a shit. About, you know, stuff. Usually about stupid shit, like girls or cars or whatever the fuck Rob Zombie moaning on about. Whoa yeah. Godhunter though, clearly, doesn't give much of a shit at all. I think the only thing they care to point out to anyone is that the world is a completely fucked up place and we're all fucking stuck here until we die. So fuck you, deal with it. That, in a friggin' nutshell, is Godhunter. Put a mirror up to society and see it reflected in their misanthropic lyrics that are screamed at you at high volume, or in their completely wonderfully nihilistic live shows. Watch out for flying guitars. You have been warned. A lot of bands suck. This one doesn't. Make it a point to give them a listen!”— Satan's Left Hand, Lucifer's Press

"The Sonoran Desert is a cruel, harsh and unforgiving mistress. The music made by the Tucson band Godhunter perfectly embodies these qualities. They blend equal parts thrash, sludge and doom, then temper them under the unrelenting desert sun. The final result is a symphony of scorched earth, an opus in self abuse, apathy and rebellion. They may wear their hearts and influences on their sleeves, but the music is still incredibly honest. This isn't a death of a thousand tiny cuts. This feels like being dried out to a hollow husk under unforgiving skies. These guys are easily one of the most promising bands to come out of Tucson, perhaps the entire Southwest, in quite a while..."— Jesse Venoe, Lost Highways



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