First a bit of a warning, if you’re looking for more of the same that was the band’s previous effort Locust Season, you’re in the wrong place. Locust Season was Gozu’s debut album. It is a fantastic album in it’s own right (review). The Fury Of A Patient Man is a whole different story. First off, the album is a lot more mature. It’s not really a “stoner” rock album but purely a “rock” album. There’s not really any fuzz in there except for a few parts where it belongs. Most elements associated with the whole “stoner” sound are stripped down.
The band has moved towards a sound that is pretty close to a Rated R or Songs For The Deaf era Queens of The Stone Age. ”Irish Dart Fight” is a fine example, not to mention a catchy as all hell song. The next song, “Salty Thumb,” is an even catchier and more uplifting song in the same vain. That’s not to say they’re completely a QOTSA rip off band. Far from it. Listen to “Traci Lords” and “Disco Related Injury” for proof of that one. The whole album comes to an epic end with a 24 minute instrumental titled “The Ceaseless Thunder Of Surf” which is full of great riffing throughout. The combo of Doug Sherman and Marc Gaffney on guitars make for some killer riff-age on this song.
As I said before, the band has matured their sound a lot since Locust Season. This is a situation where you can look back and say that each album is totally different but yet the same. The Fury of A Patient Man certainly is taking the band in a new direction, one direction that will certainly make them better as they release more albums in the future. It’s a hard rock album with a dash of classic rock, a pinch of desert rock and a drop of stoner rock. Add this album to your best of 2013 lists right now. This is an album that will rock your socks off. Play it loud and play it often!
The official release of the album is April through Small Stone Records but you can get it through Bandcamp and iTunes right now. CDs will be available soon and a vinyl edition will be out eventually too.