As seems to be the case with all the promos I’m receiving lately, this is a band I’d previously never heard of, so when I listened to this the first time I had no idea what to expect. Basically ONE DEAD THREE WOUNDED play a brand of Metalcore that draws on the usual Melodic Death and Hardcore influences, in this case most notably DARKEST HOUR and EVERY TIME I DIE respectively, but with a subtle and refreshing difference.
ONE DEAD THREE WOUNDED add elements of Stoner Rock into the mix, which adds a breath of fresh air into a fairly overdone genre. ODTW also show the ability to write some amazing instrumentals, with the eerie “Failed Transmission” and soothing “Welcome Home Tragedy” being a testament to their skills. I have a very short attention span for songs generally and an even shorter one when it comes to instrumentals, but ODTW create enough atmosphere to mesmerize me with the melancholy musicianship of “Welcome Home Tragedy”.
The thing that really puts ODTW a cut above the rest is their ability to flawlessly intertwine both the Metalcore side of their sound with the Stoner influences and create something that utilizes both. The downfall of many Metalcore bands that manage to find an extra element to spice up their sound, be it sections off Jazz or other influences, is that they fail to solidify the heart of their sound, which is the Metalcore.
ODTW have created one of the best Metalcore records you will find this year. They aren’t the most original; yet they have managed to set themselves apart from the legions of UNEARTH clones currently flooding the market. Simply put, this album is a must for all fans of Melodic Death or Hardcore. (Online April 8, 2006)