Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review:Old Wounds-From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest

2013

After several excellent EP and 7 inch releases, New Jersey's Old Wounds is preparing to drop their debut full length on Glory Kid records and it's an impressive achievement indeed. Playing a brand of dark metallic hardcore, the band has honed their sound throughout their short existence as a band and rip through these 12 tracks with an unbelievable amount of passion and chaotic urgency. From the beginning of album opener "Shallow Water" through to the title track that closes the record, the band never strays away from a breakneck pace, as even when the band employs a much slower pace like on the crushing standout "Void" they play with such vicious energy and youthful rage that you are drawn further in as the band feeds on the very chaos it creates.  Reminding me of many great 90's bands in the best way possible, it's been quite sometime since I can recall any band really nailing this style of hardcore with such precision, as well as the utmost sincerity (congratulations goes out to the band as well for being one of the first bands in almost a decade to employ the now somewhat dreaded "chaos chords" in a way that makes me want to mosh someone to death as opposed to turn off the song). The end result is a record that simply needs to be hear by all fans of heavier metallic hardcore, and a band that reinvigorates my interest in this style of hardcore and has me looking forward to what the future holds for them, both on the road and in the studio.