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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review of Acrassicauda's Gilgamesh / NaPoWriMo Day #29

It seems liked the NaPoWriMo prompt site read my mind today since I was going to write a review about Acrassicauda's Gilgamesh. This was the prompt:

And now, for our prompt (optional, as always): today, I challenge you to write a poem in the form of a review. You can review either animate or inanimate things, real places or imaginary places. You can write in the style of an online review (think Yelp) or something more formal that you might find in a newspaper or magazine. (I imagine that bad reviews of past boyfriends/girlfriends might be an easy way to get into this prompt, though really, you can “review” anything in your poem, from summer reading lists for third graders to the idea of the fourth dimension).
Happy writing!


Review of Acrassicauda’s Gilgamesh

Forming fifteen years ago in Baghdad,
their love for heavy metal brought them together
in each other’s basements.
Guitar melodies, bass riffs, the beating of the drums,
their friendship grew as the War mounted,
quickly putting them at the odds of violence,
and endless travels to find acceptance for their art;
finding their new life in 2009—the journey just began.

Acrassicauda released an EP, a short length CD, in 2010—
Only The Dead See the End of the War
I found it by chance, a search for heavy metal and Islam,
I found them on YouTube and quickly bought the EP
and gifted it to friends and my cousin for the holidays that year.
In heavy rotation on my iPod, the Arabic melodies,
the tales and lyrics sometimes haunt, but transform,
I love Tony’s voice, Marwan’s drum playing, Faisal’s guitar playing.
Their musicianship and artistry is unique; they are their own,
mixing Metallica with modern heavy metal, but with an Iraqi flare.

Yet the EP didn’t bring them heavy metal immortality,
their documentary, Heavy Metal in Baghdad, did—but broke,
they created a fundraiser on Kickstarter to kick start their dream;
$33,000 their goal: quickly raising $37,000 from diehard fans.
They spent some time in the studio, now Marwan, Faisal, Moe, and Firas;
and put together their full length album, Gilgamesh,
released on April 4 with much fan fare and a release party in Harlem.

Finally arriving to my house on Monday,
I rip open the package with excitement;
I put Gilgamesh on blast on my CD Walkman and I smile.
Forty minutes of pure genius;
Moe’s voice, with an Iraqi accent,
 is surprisingly soothing for heavy metal—
his voice sings of their journeys, pain, and hope.
Marwan definitely has a gift for songwriting,
the lyrics touch the heart and soul—as I sit on the bus
guitar riffs and Marwan’s drumming flows through my ear buds
and I’m transported from Pennsylvania to Baghdad and New York;
the heaviness of songs like Rise, an acoustic song, and one in Arabic—
I love it all and each listen draws me in; I can’t stop playing the CD.

Although it took five years for a full length album, Gilgamesh
actually, Acrassicauda as a whole, doesn’t disappoint!
I have Gilgamesh on repeat and I can’t wait to upload the album on my iPod:
check out Acrassicauda; even if you’re not into heavy metal,
you would not be disappointed with their sound and talent.





As you can see from my poem, I love Gilgamesh! I love the whole album and as someone who loves literature, I love how the album concept comes from the tale of Gilgamesh! Marwan is a talented lyricist - he's a great drummer; Moe is a great vocalist; Faisal does a great job and the band just works well together. I can't stop listening to this album and it actually puts me in a good mood. My favorite songs are Rise, Quest For Eternity, Requiem For a Reverie, House of Dust, Unity, Elements, and Rebirth.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the lyrics and playing style of Requiem For a Reverie, and I love the Arabic used in Unity. I would definitely recommend this album; I would recommend giving this band a listen in general!



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