Released at the tail end of 2013, the self-titled debut album from Norwegian metallers I Will Tear This World Apart is one of those provocations which thrills and invigorates from the first encounter but also infects the imagination with seeds which only draw you rapidly back into the antagonistic arms of the storm offered. Consisting of nine songs which rampage and infest the senses like a sonic scourge of metallic breeding, the release is a magnetic merger of styles and angry passion which is unrelenting in its animosity and towering persuasion. The saying goes that ‘you can’t keep a good man down’, but in the face of I Will Tear This World Apart’s ferocity even the Devil might be staggered to his knees under their intensive fury.
Formed in 2011 and taking its name from the Grown Into Nothing song Wrestling the Lions, I Will Tear This World Apart consists of vocalist Peter Bains who also fronts impressive metallers Killtek and Grown Into Nothing, alongside guitarist Robert Bains also of Grown Into Nothing, drummer Espen Hektoen from death metallers Chton and death thrashers Cleaver, and bassist Sigurd Ekle. Essences of the members other bands do make a loud whisper at times within the presence of IWTTWA but this band has a voice and aggression all of its own which rivals and challenges the strengths of those parallel projects. With a more hardcore causticity adding to the array of metal flavouring from groove to metalcore, thrash to extreme metal, the band brews a sound which is a voracious provocation able to rile and seduce with equal intensity; IWTTWA’s debut album an introduction all metal fans should treat themselves to.
Released via Trøndercore Records, the tempestuous release throws its full weight against the ears with opener Demonhead, guitars creating sonic smog to tantalise whilst rhythms punch out their own firm enticement. Soon charging full pelt with antagonism flying from every note unleashed and syllable spewed by the intensive scowls of Peter Bains, the track blisters the senses with venomous toxicity and burns the air with rapacious energy. It is an immense start which without powerfully contagious grooves and hooks still seizes a firm place in the passions and memory before making way for the following Case Closed. A very brief heavy dawning soon uncages an aggressive predation of resonating rhythmic thumping and abrasive riffs which scar and invite the imagination to join their raucous belligerence. As the first it is only the core intent as the guitar spawns its own acidic temptation across the almost crusade like squalling vocals to add further inventive bait to the vigorous conflict exciting the emotions.
Both the stalking bordering bestial presence of Amongst Enemies and the incendiary incitement of Selfinflicted Slavery continue to whip up the senses and appetite for their riveting and richly assertive declarations, the first equipped with enslaving grooves and a heavy duty riffery around again impressing vocals that chains down and ignites the passions whilst its successor also unveiling a groove potency recruits a full submission whilst flaunting melodic and rhythmic allurement within a tsunami of intensity that easily steals thoughts and instinctive allegiance.
The heat is turned up even further with the unbridled assault of Killers Deserve to Die, its thrash bred charge a ravaging coaxing into a full bodied soak of militant combativeness and gladiatorial sonic adventure matched by the now expected unyielding vocal passion of Peter Bains. The excellent if too short song again is bred from a unity between the quartet in skill and invention which explodes into mouthwatering aural rages leaving only satisfaction and hunger for more in their wake, a greed soon given more healthy sustenance by the ruggedly forceful and uncompromisingly driven You & I and the more predatory gaited if less dramatic Grounded. Both tracks create another cyclone of inventive and merciless entrapment which invigorate and accelerate the emotions into unrestrained satisfaction, something which equally applies to the whole release.
The second of the just mentioned tracks does not quite match up to the peaks before and the same applies to the thick and slowly moving Keep ‘Em Down, a smouldering almost overbearing sonic dispute and rhythmic altercation which builds its bulk until expanding into a muscular avalanche of intensity and evocative melodically honed atmospheres. Like its predecessor the thunderous encounter leaves only the fullest impressive suasion but just cannot quite reach the heights set previously. Nevertheless both and especially the latter shows how intensive and extensive the band and their creativity can be and go deeper into ahead.
The album closes on the hellacious Racist, a track which incinerates and seduces senses and imagination with an intertwining intent wrapped in more fearsomely addictive grooves. It is a corrosive and deviously inventive not forgetting addictive and climactic end to an equally stunning album. Though yet to maybe discover a truly unique sound, I Will Tear This World Apart could well be the next big force to break out of Norway on the evidence of their first assault, though whether the world is ready for such nasty goodness we will have to see.
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