Gone Is Gone
Aristotle may have said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, but the Greek philosopher never had to put up with rock supergroups. With the odd exception (Atoms for Peace, Them Crooked Vultures), supergroups are usually dire when compared with the bands from which their members come. Gone Is Gone are a metal collaboration between film composer Mike Zarin and the power trio of Mastodon vocalist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and Tony Hajjar, drummer of post-hardcore nutjobs At the Drive-In. If you’re hoping for sludgy riffs and angsty vocals, minus the good things that make each member’s day job more exciting, then you’ll be thrilled. For the rest of us, Zarin’s atmospheric touches, as on the chugging, reverb-drenched opener Sentient, at least add some texture to the sanitised rock.