Founded in 1998 the GOLERS have built up momentum over the course of 4 albums and many tours. 1999’s “South Mountain Style” ushered in the classic Goler sound combining most, if not all extreme metal styles with punk and thrash into one cohesive sound. Next up was 2004’s “2nd Generation”, which showcased a slightly more polished sound and with these two albums they began to gain a following in their hometown of Vancouver BC and surrounding cities. 2009 saw the release of their 3rd album “Backwoods Messages” which has helped spread the Goler word further!
On first seeing the name ‘Goler’ I had visions of the band being mad soccer fans but after a bit of research found out the shocking truth behind the band’s name. In Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia, on one hill – South Mountain, lives the clan of impoverished, inbred hillbillies, ignored or shunned by the people in the valley below for two hundred years. Few have much schooling, most are unemployed, and they keep almost entirely to themselves.
Two solitudes side by side, until one day in January 1984, Sandra Golder, aged thirteen, burst into tears in class. When her teacher took her out into the hall to ask her why she was crying, a gruesome story of incest and sexual abuse began to emerge. Within hours the story had spread to the principal, a social worker, and finally the police. Within weeks a fully-fledged scandal had been unleashed on the valley: sixteen adults, men and women from the Mountain were charged with hundreds of allegations of incest and sexual abuse of children as young as five. It gradually became clear that this had been going on for generations, a cycle endlessly repeated.
See our review of the album in issue 3 of RAMzine below.
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