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"If Goya succeeded in reminding us that all living things eventually fade, die and decay, then they have done so by creating something immortal. ‘777’ may or may not go down as a doom classic, but to call it the most hate-friendly collection of festering riffs since ‘Dopethrone’ may not be too great a stretch..."
"...777 is a gigantic buldozer of riffs. Nothing much has changed since Goya’s debut demo release. Well apart from the band have upped the volume of their music to huge levels. First track – Rites Of Hashage – is an actioned packed 9 minute blast of head-banging riffs for you to check out. Fans of Sabbath, Electric Wizard and Sleep will rejoice as they may have a new favourite band to follow. Top notch vocals and riffs combine to make this a brilliant track to open the album with..."
"...Goya have managed to craft a victorious debut that manages to pay tribute to its founding fathers as much as it manages to stand on its own feet. Influenced but not overly informed by their forebears and aided by a pounding live sound, ‘777’ will make a great addition to any household that celebrates the Iommic. Will they continue on this path of well-written songs or will they focus on jamming and walls of sound next? One thing’s for sure: this is marijuana doom the way it was meant to be made. Doomed from womb to tomb, this reviewer is aching to hear the next effort."
"...‘777’ is instantly a gratifying listen, particularly for those who like their riffs overblown and grimy. “Night Creeps”, one of the strongest tracks of the album and a carryover from the demo, is a fine example of the band’s ability to create or potentiate euphoria through the repetition of fuzzed-out riffs and interstellar guitar leads..."
"… vocalist Jeff Owens is rather reminiscent of a young Ozzy, and there’s plenty of guitar complexity here. It’s orchestrated into intelligently structured compositions that make the whole album eminently listenable. 4.0"
"...On some moments it feels like a lost recording of Sleep or Black Sabbath turned up. Also in part due to the amazing vocals that even sound like Ozzy on occasion and that small bluesy twinge reeking of something occult. But it’s that heavy doom and sludgy hard rock that gives us that furious malevolent boost. 777, it’s the new number of the beast!..."
"...This is not just a collection of songs pasted together. It seems to my uneducated ears that thought has been put into making an actual album. If this had been released in the mid-70s it would be described as genre defining. It’s that good..."
"...Land "Rites of Hashing" after "The Chosen Few" from EW's 2007 release and the listener would be forgiven for expecting "Tourquemada '71" was up next. "Death's Approaching Lullaby" is the best song EW never wrote.^^ All of which is to say that Goya's 777 is frightfully exceptional stoner metal that dooms to the masters, that dares to out-wizard the Wizard..."
Recorded live in the practice space.
released 13 December 2013
recorded December 1-9, 2012 by Jirix-Mie Paz in Phoenix, AZ
mixed and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, OR
cover art by Hunter Hancock
Jeff Owens - guitar, vocals
Jirix-Mie Paz - bass
Shane Taylor - drums