Boston heavy rockers Gozu have signed to Metal Blade subsidiary Blacklight Media for the release of their next album. Just back from a European tour alongside Holy Grove, the four-piece are riding high from this year’s Revival (review here), which served as their debut on Ripple Music following two records through Small Stone, 2013’s The Fury of a Patient Man (review here) and 2010’s Locust Season (review here).
No doubt it was their on-stage ferocity that caught the attention of Blacklight Media‘s Chris Santos (also of the Food Network’s Chopped). Coupled with their penchant for heavy groove and soulful edge, it has stood Gozu out from the pack in the American heavy rock underground for more than half a decade, and on behalf of this site and myself, congratulations to the band. May they continue to get the credit they’re due.
Gozu are currently — like, today — writing a new album that they’ll begin recording next June with Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where the bulk of Revival was also tracked. One assumes Benny Grotto at Mad Oak will have a hand in it as well. In addition to the Blacklight deal, they’ve also signed on with Brooklynlarry Management (Sick of it All, among others), and have plans in the works to return to Europe next Spring or Fall.
We’ll let the PR wire make it official, and I’ve also added some exclusive quotes from guitarists Doug Sherman and Marc Gaffney that you’ll find peppered in below.
Gozu signs worldwide deal with Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records
Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Boston’s rock/metal outfit Gozu. Formed in 2010, the four-piece have released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2017 release.
Marc Gaffney on signing:
“A chance to sign to a label of this realm and magnitude, does not usually happen, so, when Chris Santos told us he wanted to work with us after a show at Lucky 13 in Brooklyn, we were in s state of shock. The four of us are simply in awe that we will be working with Brian Slagel, I mean Metal Blade, talk about Rock Royalty, I think Brian has to be in the upper echelon of respected gentleman in the field.Now, to work with such an intelligent and genuine soul as Chris Santos, my coffee tasted a little better this morning and the sun shined a bit brighter. Thanks to everyone who has helped and on to a new chapter. Ciao!”
Including a former member of Warhorse, Gozu heave the rock, yet embody the soul on their past releases. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves.
Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, with worldwide touring to follow.
Douglas Sherman on signing:
“This is an amazing opportunity for Gozu to be a part of Blacklight Media / Metal Blade. To be actually be working with celebrity chef Chris Santos, who is extremely passionate about metal and successful with everything he touches, and the legendary Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel is truly mindblowing. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our career.”
Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2017 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.
Gozu comments: “We are extremely excited to be signed to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, started by celebrity Chef Chris Santos and partnered with legendary Metal Blade founder and CEO, Brian Slagel. The four members of Gozu couldn’t be happier. This is why we plug in every night.”
Stay tuned for more news coming soon!
Mike Hubbard- drums and percussion
Joseph Grotto- bass and low end
Douglas Sherman- lead guitar and sounds
Marc Gaffney- guitar and vocals