Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Mr. Goshness may not be the only theatrical folk metal band to come along, but I for one cannot think of any others off the top of my head. The best way to get your bearings is to think of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, without the horror. One may consider it foolhardy to even attempt such a genre because you are never going to satisfy everyone. Broadway musical buffs will demand more story and scope, dark folk fans will look for more despair and gloom, and metalheads will simply want more heaviosity. Personally, I think it courageous. I cherish bands who follow their own tune and take risks in the name of originality — so kudos, Mr. Goshness.
Although Mark Tardif often takes on singing duties, it’s the versatile vocals of Kaliandra Capri that take centre stage, carrying most of the drama in each of the mini epics on ‘A Guide To All Things Twisted’. Tardif, for his part, provides the metal edge to the tunes with his electric power chords, while he and the rest of the band plays everything from math rock and prog rock to power pop and orchestral pop. The topics they tackle range from the mystical to the mundane (consider “I Drank Too Much Wine”) but each track is intriguing due to the complexity of the arrangements.
Feeling adventurous? Goodness, then try Mr. Goshness.