Release Date: Jul 8, 2016
Record label: Rise Records
While seemingly increasing in frequency, supergroups continue to be a hit-or-miss commodity. They toe a delicate line between novel and novelty. Results may vary; though seldom boring, the arrangement reaches flat-out kismet with equal infrequency. Gone Is Gone have the potential to be one of those latter.
This hard rock supergroup – which unites members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and the recently reunited At the Drive-In –couldn't possibly surpass its marquee billing. But the band's debut EP carves out its own compelling niche, combining Queens' scorched stoner-metal squall, Mastodon's grandiose prog-metal bombast and ATDI's bruising post-hardcore. ATDI drummer Tony Hajjar and multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin formed the project after collaborating on video game and movie trailer scores.
“It’s not a supergroup!” is the “it’s not a tumor!” of the rock world—a denial delivered instinctively and vociferously whenever preeminent players band together. In the case of Gone Is Gone, you have members of three of this millennium’s most significant crossover bands in the realm of metal, hard rock and post-hardcore: bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders of Mastodon, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age, and drummer Tony Hajjar of the recently reactivated At the Drive-In. Perhaps they’re not the most marquee members of their respective units, but in terms of collective experience and strength, they’ve certainly earned the right to wear capes.