Gunash is a three-piece Italian alternative rock band formed in 2003 with All You Can Hit being the band’s fourth album to date. The band is very much influenced by the usual American alternative/stoner bands in Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Stone Temple Pilots pus just about any other alt-rock band you can think of. That is not to say the band is derivative but if you are an Italian band into stoner etc then I imagine that you simply have to takes your influences from the United States!
I was actually rather surprised when I read that they were Italian as they do have a sound and feel of an American band about them with much of this being down to the deep, expressive and sonorous vocals of Ivano Zorgniotti which are totally accent free making the band sound very much like they are a Seattle based combo. Zorgniotti is an accomplished guitarist too being a fabulous rhythm guitarist as well as having a neat line in hard hitting riffs and power chords. He is ably supported by the punchy bass of Luca Negro with Danny Abaldo pounding out the beat as though his life depended upon it. They have brought in a couple of guests too who enhance the project tremendously with Derek Sherinian (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater) playing keyboards on four of the tracks and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Mondo Generator) appears on the track Predators with a neat bit of harmonica from Tom Harp Newton all adding to the excitement. The music is intense, clever and inspired with a guitar master class from Zorgniotti and a pleasing vocal delivery too.
Gunash may not achieve the dizzy heights that bands like Soundgarden and Alice In Chains have but they are going to give a lot of pleasure to a lot over people over their career which should be long and prosperous too. American styled alternative rock is not really a genre I would have normally expected from Italy but Gunash do it well and show that anything if you have the will and the skillset to pull it off.
All You Can Hit
- Revenge (3:44)
- B.J. Quinn (4:25)
- The Sea is Full of Dreamscapes / The Kraken (feat Derek Sherinian), (5:04)
- Emerald City (2:55)
- House of Sand (A Bad Dream) (4:22)
- Winter Wind (5:12)
- Crimson Tentacles (feat Derek Sherinian), (3:37)
- The Graveyard-Keeper (feat Derek Sherinian) (3:40)
- Predators (feat Nick Oliveri) (2:23)
- No More Promises (feat Derek Sherinian) (5:36)
- Predators (original version) (2:23)