Published Feb 24, 2016The grindcore scene has been on point recently, and Canadian band Wake are the latest act to offer up a top-notch release with their new album, Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow. The third full-length from the Calgary, AB grinders is their most diverse effort to date, mixing some experimental elements into their traditional grind approach for a more complex, modern sound.
Incorporating aspects of sludge and noise, as well as dark, Nasum-esque melodies, the eight-track record still maintains all of the speed, pummelling aggression and gritty vocals that are synonymous with grind. "Burn Well" is fast and chaotic, while "Wretched Tongues" contains intense, massive grooves. "Better Living Through Apathy" is extremely raw and harsh, but features intervals of gloomy melodic guitars and ends in a sludgy, noise-filled dirge. The dissonant "Low" is characterized by interesting structures and varying tempos, while "Unrelenting Hate" features vicious drumming that carries on into the fierce, riff-heavy "Vultures."
Wake clearly know how to keep things from getting monotonous, and clocking in at just 20 minutes, Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow leaves the listener wanting a whole lot more. (Sentient Ruin/Everyday Hate/7 Degrees/Nerve Altar)