Hacksaw to the Throat
Wastelands


4.5
superb

Review

by someguest USER (24 Reviews)
June 6th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rest In Peace, Hacksaw To The Throat.

Wastelands is an album that doesn’t reward instantly, but increasingly with the flow of time. It’s one of those albums which may take years to fully grasp, depending entirely on the amount of effort put into it. Often it’s fairly easy to assume that many listeners spend time with albums which are easy to divulge into at first. Therefore, problems may be encountered with this album because of the attention it demands. Also, if you were to base the album entirely on an impression of one of the individual tracks, you might stop right there, believing it to be nothing more than just another melodic death metal album. While the album finds the base of its sound in death metal, it creates experiences well beyond it.

The album is a melodic death metal adventure at its heart, but goes far beyond the initial tag of this sound to bring forth a listening experience that is truly individual. A majority of the tracks have heavy parts, slow and thought-provoking ambient sections, and almost any pace of music in between those two ends of the spectrum. The vocals are the only true downside to the album: they’re a cross between mediocre “deathcore” vocals and a death metal scream that tries to sound varied but just ends up coming across abrupt. The guitar work changes as much as the songs themselves; it’s almost constantly shifting, and it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with what is going on. There’s also a fair share of chugging riffs, but they’re never repeated to the point of nausea like many other contemporaries. The drums are excellent as well, and there’s a lot of exceptional cymbal work that gives their sound that extra mile and truly helps it stand out.

Wastelands also has an aspect the listener will rarely hear in a death metal album: a stand alone piano track. The song successfully breaks up any potential monotony the listener will encounter with the album, given its placing right in the middle of the other tracks, and is done extremely tastefully. “Obsidian Sun”, the aforementioned song, moves around just as much as any other song on the album, but there’s just a deeper connection with it. It creates a somewhat peaceful mood for the album, something that would not exist without it. The length of the album will be an obstacle for some listeners, given that the album has a running time of over an hour and there’s constantly something new to absorb. However, the experimentation always makes up for it, and pays back tenfold for the time put into it. Being that this is one of the more impressive metal outings in recent years, it is disappointing that the band found it necessary to end their career with this album. Regardless, it ended on an extremely high note, and you will be hard pressed to find a metal album with as much variation and successful songwriting.



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someguest
June 6th 2011


20678 Comments


This is slowly (plug) becoming one of my favorite albums. I had to declare it.

Digging: Aphex Twin - Syro

ffs
June 6th 2011


4878 Comments


quite a grower indeed

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2011


18521 Comments


I hate the vocals on this.

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

someguest
June 6th 2011


20678 Comments


They're just okay.

rasputin
June 6th 2011


14546 Comments


awful

someguest
June 6th 2011


20678 Comments


doesn't seem like something you'd like

Scrambled
June 6th 2011


391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

THIS IS THE SHIIIIIT

good review

rasputin
June 6th 2011


14546 Comments


doesn't seem like something you'd like


i actually gave it a proper chance sometime last year

it bored the shit out of me

good review anyway

ZippaThaRippa
June 7th 2011


2418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Course it did, you hipster

botb
June 7th 2011


9689 Comments


this rules

GhostOvPerdition
June 7th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, great album

someguest
June 8th 2011


20678 Comments


thanks everybody

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2012


6114 Comments


Good review, I've been on the fence about this album for a really long time. The way you described it makes it sound kind of like a death metal version of Amia Venera Landscape?

Anyway, pos'd; I think I might go download this now.

ProfessorVeerappan
July 21st 2012


791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album has intriguing parts but indeed there is something in the album that just wants me to pull of the chord



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