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Review: Wot Gorilla? - Snow White

The Coheed and Cambria lyrical and vocal skills meet the technical guitarwork and breakdown capabilities of The Fall of Troy in this single by Wot Gorilla? If this is your first time listening to Wot Gorilla?, as it was mine, you may not know what to expect, but upon listening to the intro alone you’ll recognize the instrumental prowess that the band possesses. Then the phantasmal piercing vocals, which are dangerously resemblant to that of Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria, ring out “I embellish you”, and interest swells alongside curiosity.

The song carries a natural progression that will hold this interest, as the technical capabilities of the band materialize shortly afterwards, and you realize that this truly is a math rock band. The end is what surprised me the most, because it seemed as if the song leading up to it was characterized by harmonies, melodies, and textured instrumentation, but then comes the breakdown, which is more powerful than expected, primarily because I had no clue that they even had the capability to create screamed vocals in this band, it had seemed so smooth. This technical surprise package at the end only added to my love for this band.

You may find the vocals irritating because of the singing in a generally high register, but I for one enjoyed them, and found them to greatly resemble bands like Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, and Minus the Bear. The guitarwork is clearly derived from the likes of Thomas Erak and other Mathcore bands, but not as heavy, which can bring pleasure or disappointment, depending on who you are. 

Regardless of who you are, you must realize the technical instrumental skills that Wot Gorilla? possesses. They show a lot of potential; this song was a nice addition to their 2 EPs their other single and showed natural progression in musicianship.”

A review by Jeff Pish (A guest writer for The Math Rock Blog) of Math-rock.net. A website created to help people find new music, primarily those who are new to ‘Math Rock’.

Thanks, Jeff!