Gno – Cannibal Tango

“It’s a Cannibal Tango!”

Released in 2011, this brainchild of guitar player Christophe Godin and his talented band is a freak of an album. Seriously! just look at that cover art and tell me it’s not completely ridiculous!

Yes, it’s a floating plastic thingy holding a fork and a knife. I’m weirded out too!

Gno, as you see, don’t take their image too seriously – but that makes sense if you think about it! Godin, after all, is an already recognized virtuoso; a modern guitar hero who toured with guys like Paul Gilbert and Frank Gambale. He doesn’t really need to prove himself by recording another shredfest, which(my guess) is why “Cannibal Tango” is actually a straight-forward, fun-packed Metal\hard rock album. Oh, but don’t worry! these crazy Frenchmen do a very sneaky, smart thing by giving this mainstream feel-good effort a superb edge of high-end heavy metal, and flavor it with stunning outbursts of different musical styles. You sneaky, sneaky Frenchmen!

I told you they’re sneaky!

“Cannibal Tango” starts with “Here I stand” – which my favorite track on the album. It has a killer main riff that beckons you to headbang with that deep groove metal tone, down tuned and pissed off.. It screams BADASS! but it also has a funky side a la Mr. Bungle. Now you know why it’s my fave.

The vocalist is..not so bad really, but more importantly, the other band members add a lot of vocal harmonies, and together they make every chorus win your ears & heart like a 80’s heavy metal record. Really, it’s damn impressive. “In My Place” has a reggae verse and a pure hard rock chorus. Again the track is short and to the spot, and when that solo arrives you know you don’t wanna mess with this Christophe guy.

The Keeper” colors itself differently by emphasizing more on a middle-eastern scale, and contains stronger shred moments. Everything is mixed great as usual, the vocal phrasing is just awesome, and these things make every track worthwhile! Even the title track “Cannibal Tango“, which I personally find creepy and cliche` to an annoying degree, works, because these guys are pros.

While perhaps too lengthy, all in all this is definitely a good, surprising and uplifting record that can be appreciated by hard rock & metal fans alike. Even random people with a sense of humor and a bit of a musical taste should be able to enjoy it! Guitar-wise, Godin takes inspiration from so many heavy metal styles and these merge together great, making it insane to try and discuss their individual qualities!.. which is not so great when reviewing music eh? haha. “Fever“, “Hate Incarnate“, “Get Out Of My Way“; Everything here is refreshing yet oldschool – it’s the best of both worlds. You can have your cake and eat it too, with a fork and a spoon. *Stares again at cover art*; What in hell’s name *is* that thing really!?

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