Wold
Working Together For Our Privacy


1.5
very poor

Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
October 7th, 2010 | 58 replies | 6,645 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the process of trying to steer their sound in a far more accessible direction, Wold has stripped themselves of their more entrancing qualities and released a lifeless, near-worthless display of guitar distortion.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Trying to argue that Wold wasn't at one point a pretty intense band is confounding. The marriage of Fortress Crookedjaw's inane squawking and the spastic, noise-ridden brand of black metal was at the very least disarming, and to most listeners it was unbearable. From L.O.T.M.P.'s grueling stretches of dissonance to the cold tones of Stratification, Wold has never really aimed for accessibility, but with Working Together for Our Privacy, they're certainly coming closer.

By taking most of the scathing feedback from releases like 2007's Screech Owl out of the equation, it would seem like Wold have made their sound twice as user-friendly as before. And since they've almost completely stripped themselves of their fast and repetitive brand of black metal (for you Crookedjaw detractors, be happy there are no vocals), we're talking about exponents. But these are illusions and nothing more. Instead of trying to expand upon their sound in any logical way, Wold has stretched out this barren landscape of one-dimensional drones without a sense of purpose - perhaps without any sense at all.

Fuzzy guitar notes are sustained with very little tonal variation and songs go nowhere (fast), continuing to do so for upwards of ten minutes. Dynamics are few and far between, and when they are used, they're used inappropriately. It seems that the entire album is a series of fuzzy, drawn-out notes without a sense of beauty, mystery or soul to make it all special. Instead, all of the chords sound like cold, lifeless drones that were hung out to dry without having been of any use whatsoever. Thus Working Together for Our Privacy is built off a tiring, trite and oftentimes one-dimensional atmosphere that was flawed from the start.

Now doesn't that sound exciting?

Of course it does. Throughout three tracks of seemingly endless material, the Saskatchewanian duo churn out loud, fuzzy chords and seem unable to do anything with them. Opener “The Secret” blares on for what seems to be an eternity with yawning guitars and a wee bit of static to remind you that indeed this is Wold. It seems like a large, rumbling haze, but unfortunately that's as deep as it goes. The next two tracks are hardly different, adopting a slightly more ominous and cold feel. But again, rather than expanding upon these vibes, Wold keep their diaphanous cacophony too subtle for its own good; that is to say Working Together for Our Privacy is stone cold and dead.

Rather than a cinematic atmosphere or a haunting vibe, we listeners are left with layer upon layer of guitar work. Instead of something emotionally impacting, we have a lifeless corpse that gives minimalism, drone music and industrial art a bad name because it insists on feeding the genres' detractors with almost non-existent atmospheres and a tedious display of a temperamental concept. Considering that all of this record's flaws stem from this lack of heart, it's not hard to decide that this single problem is responsible for Wold's latest failure.



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Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


This has got to be one of the most boring albums I've ever heard in my life.

Meatplow
October 7th 2010



5524 Comments


I find myself listening to Screech Owl a lot.

Won't check this out though. Good review.

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


Screech Owl is such a near-classic it drives me crazy.
And yeah this is worse than Pulse Demon so just scurry on off.

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


It's like a 4.6/5 for me.

Meatplow
October 7th 2010



5524 Comments


have you heard Brobdingnagian bitchy

TortureStainedDisaster is some decent black/noise

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


Is okay.
Spektr's really where it's at.

kount
October 7th 2010



1279 Comments


brobdingnagian is another band whos recent output is dissapointing, but yea torturestained is great

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


So I take it you agree with the review, kount?

Emim
October 7th 2010



26495 Comments


You should listen to real music : )

Meatplow
October 7th 2010



5524 Comments


if you don't understand noise gtfo

kount
October 7th 2010



1279 Comments


So I take it you agree with the review, kount?


pretty much but its more of a 2.5 for me because it is somewhat enjoyable and not totally terrible. social pressure was really horrible though.

Emim
October 7th 2010



26495 Comments


I'm just playing. I don't get the appeal of it, but whatever, you guys are more than welcome to it.

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


Meatplow did you ever look into Khlyst like I told you too? Some real eerie drone metal with a quote unquote gremlin on vocals. Real kickass stuff.

Meatplow
October 7th 2010



5524 Comments


well me too i'm only half serious

I can fully understand why people hate stuff like this

Meatplow did you ever look into Khlyst like I told you too? Some real eerie drone metal with a quote unquote gremlin on vocals. Real kickass stuff.


nada

Essence
October 7th 2010



3578 Comments


still can't stand this band

Emim
October 7th 2010



26495 Comments


well me too i'm only half serious

I can fully understand why people hate stuff like this


I feel compelled to add a huzzah! here.

Meatplow
October 7th 2010



5524 Comments


at will

Huzzah!

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


social pressure was really horrible though.

It was like a noisy Brenoritvrezorkre (spelled that without ctrl+c-ing it) with club beats. So fucking bad.
nada

:c Check out Blasphymartyr when you have the chance - not my split with him (I mean if you didn't listen to that then do it. I forget if you did.) butNostalgie is probably right up your alley.
still can't stand this band

Yeah I can get that, I mean noise music in general isn't for everyone.
But nice dig bro.

Emim
October 7th 2010



26495 Comments


And btw, your mindset of "I can fully understand why people hate stuff like this" is something this site desperately needs. Some users just need to realize that certain people are never going to "get" a certain band or genre.


Anyway....huzzah!

Bitchfork
October 7th 2010



7584 Comments


I mean if you're honestly expecting everyone to like something that oftentimes sounds like atonal TV white noise then you should just be taken out back to be shot in the head.



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