Wanna know something that really grinds my gears? When bands that are at the cusp of making it as good bands sell out and starts playing according to an easy and popular trend. This type of disappointment welled up in my soul early today as I was checking up on a band I’ve been following on and off since 2012 when they released their debut.
The band is Wraiths from the United Kingdom and that EP is self-titled. On this release, they play a very destructive, visceral brand of hardcore. I won’t lie, it made me want to practice karate in a mosh pit–and I think moshing is the almost as dumb as my manager was when I worked at Taco Bell.
Funny story: this hateful lady got a heads-up that corporate was inspecting the joint in a few days, so she made me memorize the safety codes manual; f they needed a “volunteer” staff member to prove everyone knew the codes, I’d be ready. So as I was making burritos at light speed one night, chick was standing behind me with the manual and quizzing me. She asked, “How far away from the water heaters do we have to keep all our materials?” I said, “A yard,” as I bundled sour-cream laden heart-attack ammo into their proper packaging.
She said, “WRONG, THE ANSWER’S THREE FEET — GET IT RIGHT!”
I dropped my meat scooper into the bean container and after a moment said, “A yard is three feet, ma’am.”
“WHAT? WE DON’T DO THAT METRIC SYSTEM HERE, SMART ASS. GET THAT SCOOPER OUTTA THE BEANS.”
Don’t be like her, dear reader. And also don’t be like Wraiths. Their first EP was really downtuned and cool. It was doom-saturated hardcore. Their vocalist screams about how he’s possessed and depressed and wants to die AND kill everybody else at the same time.
He must have done time at Taco Bell, too.
Maybe he was a manager? Because their last three releases have monkied trendy bands, namely the Acacia Strain and Sworn In, especially the latter. Like, who would think deathcore and cruddy hardcore needed to be mixed? And what would that subgenre be called? Harddeath? Deathhard? Corecore? Oh hells yeah, CORECORE, motherlover!
So, if you want, you can check this band out, but I wouldn’t recommend anything after 2012, unfortunately.
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