Now THIS is an odd band…and I still don’t know what to think of RWAKE. Think of REVEREND BIZARRE, YOB and a bunch of different Death and Black Metal bands were all thrown into a blender and instead of hitting “crush” you hit “rock” instead. That’s a lot like what RWAKE present. This seemingly evil wall of sonic energy hits you, quickly turns into some bizarre scream…and moves into some of the heaviest stuff around….
“The Finality” was basically described there, and it doesn’t get any easier after it, “Intro” and “Bridge” are about the only breaks the listener will face with this album, as “Voices Of Omens” is pretty intense, like being covered in a coffee like substance….not deadly but sticky and unpleasant. The guitar work on the album is actually very nice, heavy groove laden riffs combine in a clear, but rather fuzzy (a good thing) production. The bass is thunderous and the drums are clear and thick. I really like the production, it gives the Sludge feeling away, and I dig it.
The vocals are bizarre….like Black/Stoner/Spoken Word vocals….hard to explain but once you hear them; you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to. I don’t like them that much though…they suit the music but for some reason I’m just not feeling it in every song. But honestly that’s probably a very personal thing as most of you will probably not mind.
The songs aren’t varied, as in sounding different, but each has a good identity, take for example, “Leviticus” it’s got this killer intro that leads into a monster riff. Another great song to show the sound of RWAKE would be “The Lure Of Light” this song is some mammoth shit to say the least, the opening alone would scare off most listeners, but once you brave the hellish onslaught, you’ll be rewarded with some extremely awe-inspiring music.
Now, the score isn’t too high some of you may be saying, but a 7.5 is still pretty damn good, and I do recommend this, but I just don’t find myself listening to it much after the first few listens for this review, so I can’t give it much higher. I can see a good deal of you liking this though, and knowing Relapse it’s probably at a store near you…good stuff.
(Online May 21, 2007)