Wraiths – Hollow EP

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There has been plenty of good words and enthusiasm placed around UK metallers Wraiths over recent times and with their new EP Hollow now ravaging the ears it is easy to see why. Fuelled by a maelstrom of heavy and extreme metal with raging potential veining its every twist and turn, the release is a formidable and gripping protagonist. It is an encounter which makes a slightly underwhelming start but emerges as a titanic fury with potent invention and enthralling enterprise. It is fair to say that the Middlesbrough quartet is nowhere near the finished article yet but has all the promise and armoury to be one compelling and potent force.

Wraiths were conceived in 2012 by four friends with the intent to sculpt and bring something new to deathcore. Swiftly making a strong impression live, supporting the likes of Demoraliser, Brutality Will Prevail, Madball, End Reign, Iced Out, Pay No Respect, Odessa and Destroyer BC since forming, the band also staked a fair claim on attention with their debut self-titled EP in 2012 and a stronger call with the single Hollow Lungs last year. It is easy to suspect that Hollow will open up a greater spotlight and hunger for the band, its bestial body from a decent and concentrated start turning into an adventurous predator with jaws of vitriolic hostility which simply enslaves the imagination.

As mentioned Hollow makes a powerful start but does not start a fire in the belly right away. The first two tracks simmer and definitely light attention but leave an ‘ok that was good but how about impressing me’ feeling, something Wraiths Cover Artworkit undoubtedly does from there on in. Opening track Godslayer rises from a sonic mist to pound ears with vicious swipes of rhythms and carnivorously fired riffs. It is a dramatically imposing start, a stalking crawling pestilential entrance with the vocals of Rae Robinson crawling venomously over every note and percussive incitement. It is certainly a destructively imposing encounter which stands tall and barbaric against the senses, the roaming rhythms of Rick Baker especially enticing against the rugged wall of riffs and spiky grooves conjured by guitarist Daniel Charlton alongside bassist Dale Husband. The track holds focus firm but lacks the spark to ignite emotions or put the band clearly to the side of many other metal/death core propositions.

There is an underlying lure though which ensures thoughts are held rigorously, a successful bait matched in the following Malignation. Its start is similar in many ways to its predecessor but soon casts its own web of predacious provocation and agitated animosity. The two faced guttural squalls of Robinson make a better impression than most frontmen in the scene whilst the lurching rhythms and stalking guitar play of Charlton equally spin an enslaving incitement, yet the track whilst more intriguing than the first again feeds expectations arguably more than defies them. That is something Gravelord soon puts right. The band’s new video single does not move too far from the already familiar start to songs but is soon twisting that canvas into a sinister and almost carnal web of sonic and rhythms animosity coated in a virulent contagion which grips imagination and appetite alike. The vocals find greater ferocity through at times a group delivery whilst the bestial depths and malevolence of the track is like sonic tar, sticking to and inflaming senses and emotions with its burning spite. The track is a brawl to be consumed by and devour greedily, that once missing indefinable element a searing flame of endeavour and inventive rancor.

The impressive track is instantly matched by Devoured, its assault a scything and scornful saw of caustic riffs aligned to vehement rhythms from Baker which in turn are just as acrimoniously assisted by the bile rich tones of Husband’s bass. The track tears chunks from ears before settling into a no less cruel stride but one soaked in an infectiousness which almost makes it seem kinder in manner. The song develops a swagger too which makes the strongest persuasion, deceptively hiding the harsh malignancy of invention and sound at the song’s heart. It is a glorious scourge of torrential savagery, unrelenting in its pillaging and taking of the senses but an embittered tempter too with a deliciously irresistible melodic groove veining its latter flank before a brutal finale.

The release closes with Belial, a track which meanders with composed tenacity through an almost progressive maze of sound and emotive danger within a tsunami of oppressive and addictive violent intensity. The most inventive and diverse track on the Hollow, the track flirts with and gnaws on the psyche from start to finish, its ever increasing malice and bitter enterprise soaking its magnetic again pestilential presence. It is an excellent end to an enthralling and highly pleasing release. Certainly the early enjoyable enticements made a decent impression but from the third track the EP shows itself and the band to be a proposition to get excited about as it rips apart body and soul. There is more to be found within Wraiths to push them into the biggest spotlight but on the evidence of Hollow, they are heading in the right thrilling direction.

The Hollow EP is available now through all digital stores and the Gravelord single as your own chosen price @ http://wraithshc.bandcamp.com/track/gravelord

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RingMaster 14/07/2014

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WRAITHS are ‘Hollow’, in 14th July‏

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THE STUNNING NEW WRAITHS EP RELEASED IN JULY

 

Highly rated Northern Hell Metal crew ‘Wraiths’ release their blistering new EP ‘Hollow’ through all national stores on Monday 14th July.

Forged and fertilized in the putrid cesspool that is Middlesbrough, Wraiths have emerged from a swampy pit of sadness and despair, wielding their self described ‘Hell Metal’ to portray the darkest imaginings of the human conscience. With influences oozing from The Acacia Strain to Black Sabbath, and for fans of heavy, relentless and torturous riffs, they have spawned a unique and hellish sound echoing the dying shriek of a banshee.

 

Wraiths were conceived in 2012 by friends Daniel Charlton (Guitar), Rick Baker (Drums), Rae Robinson (Vocals) and Dale Husband (Bass) who wanted to chisel out a sound that ripped apart the standard formulae of deathcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs. The North East riff-slingers have certainly fulfilled their manifesto. When the four piece hit the road, it wasn’t long before they had a cluster of successful shows under their belts, as well as sharing stages with Demoraliser, Brutality Will Prevail, Madball, End Reign, Iced Out, Pay No Respect, Odessa and Destroyer BC. Wraiths are now set to span their reach even further with European touring penned for the remainder of the year.

 

Word is now starting to spread like wildfire about the northern riff beasts; Metal Hammer Magazine lifted a track from their previous EP for their February 2014 issue and the band will soon be lighting up TV screens with their explosive new video single ‘Gravelord’. This summer also sees the nationwide release of the quartet’s new EP entitled ‘Hollow’. With five ferocious slabs of inventive deathcore, from the viciously snarling riffery of the opener ‘Godslayer’ that hammers deep into your cranium, to the throbbing and earth shattering assault of ‘Malignation’ and the earnest brutality and pounding groove of their new single ’Gravelord’, the EP is a hell of a ride. ‘Devoured’ continues to take the record to deeper depths with its cutting riff attack and full frontal vocal battering of closer ‘Belial’, confirming the band’s place as a true new force to be reckoned with on the deathcore scene.

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-WRAITHS RELEASE ‘HOLLOW’ ON MONDAY 14th JULY THROUGH ALL STORES-

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When We Were Wolves – The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same EP

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Post hardcore bands and releases came thick and fast in 2012 with the momentum seemingly going to continue into this year. There was a strong and overall impressive depth to the sounds which stepped forward if many lacked that something to set them apart from the rest. Initially that was also the thought when allowing the debut EP from Welsh band When We Were Wolves to unleash its aggression and expressive heart on the senses. That notion was soon slapped into place though especially by the ferociously impressive central core of the release. It is fair to say When We Were Wolves is still determining a unique sound of its own but certainly from the clutch of earnest and passionate tracks making up the release the Bridgend quintet have it in hand.

Formed in mid-2011, the band has built up a loyal and eager following across South Wales and into England with their explosive live shows. To date they have impressively shared stages with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Exit Ten, Pay No Respect, Martyr Defiled and Carcer City, as well as headlining their own riotous assaults on audiences. The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same is about to wake up the rest of the UK with intense and well thought out songs which suggest and at times proves that post hardcore can be pleasingly adventurous and contagious.

All Good People Must Come To An End is an intriguing start to the release which did leave some uncertainty in its wake. The When We Were Wolves Cover Artworkheartfelt vocals of Mitch Bock are a caustic and compelling squall over an emotive endeavour from the rest of the band. It is a brief track which asks questions and leaves thoughts open if a little undecided of whether the EP would emerge as something special or another similarly gaited encounter as from many other genre bands. The answer is soon proven to be the former as firstly Under The Water thunders into view. Big grasping riffs assault the ear with scything sonics and thumping rhythms adding their support whilst an expanse of acidic vocal cries blisters the senses. It is not exactly ground breaking but throughout prods and enthrals especially with the excellent clean vocals of Bock adding emotive weight to the inventive guitar work of Steve French and Rhod Evans. The song goes where you expect it too but still offers a riveting and fully satisfied experience through its fresh and keen encounter.

It is with the following pair of songs though that the band stakes its claim as possibly being something special in the making. This Is Where We Belong and Your Sick Fantasy are exceptional, two tracks which leave one drooling at the promise and imaginative confrontations before the senses. The first seizes the ear with predatory riffs which beckon rather than stalk and the again excellent and overwhelming rhythms of drummer Josh Baker, his demanding beats inescapable and ably supported by the hungry bass lines of Ben Taylor. As the vocals rub thoughts raw the track twists and turns into numerous asides and shadows, all inventive and ardour inciting. Each member of the band is a fiery or intimidating aspect coming together for a furnace of intensity and creativity. There are moments which are familiar in the song, as in all tracks to be honest, but When We Were Wolves deliver them and their unique imaginative moments with a relish and fire very few of the other emerging bands accomplish. The second of the two snarls and gnaws with intensity and a controlling presence which leads one into the lyrical and passionate heart of the track. It drags you willingly through dark distant corners and in the face challenges which scorch and captivate. Tough arguably lacking definition at times the song is an immense and unforgiving treat which only marks the band further as ones to watch.

The release closes with Hounds which features Continents vocalist Phil Cross. The track is another raging affair with further imagination coming through the excellent key intro and building climaxes of energy and passion throughout. It is a great mix of aggression and intrusive melodic breaths which without firing up the same flames as the previous two songs leaves one a satisfied and willing recruit to it and the band’s enterprise.

When We Were Wolves is still a band in the making but as The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same EP shows, it is also group of young musicians who are moving in the right impressive direction.

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RingMaster 14/01/2013

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