Wings Denied
Awake


3.5
great

Review

by johnny of the Well USER (41 Reviews)
June 19th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An interesting metal release that shows a lot of potential

The use of djent in metal has been expanded and developed a lot in recent years, with bands like Periphery making it more accesible, compared to the sound of the genre pioneers Meshuggah. DC metal band Wings Denied takes this sound and almost masters it with their debut EP. The riffs are all tight, the songs are concise and don't meander and the vocals fit in very well.

The album opens with a totally killer track. Maiden is energetic, opening with a cool melody that explodes into a driving riff. The chorus is very catchy and the song manages to sounds serious and fun at the same time and features a decent breakdown and solo. It is very focused and maintains a powerful sense of direction throughout. The next song, Clockwork is also solid, for the same reasons as Maiden. However, it loses a lot of it's punch with the break after the first chorus, in which the words "Every night I die/but with the rising sun I am/reborn" are belted out, which sounds out of place, underwhelming and cliched.
Vultures is a bit of a let-down in terms of quality. Although the intro conveys an atmosphere of desolation very well and the verses and chorus are good, the riffs are all heaviness and little melody, sounding bland, and consequentially it doesn't sound as inspired as the other two songs. The worst thing about it is the break near the end, when the song slows down and the words "The song of freedom" are repeated several times. This song is not an anthem, and this line sounds out of place and vapid, as the singer's voice doesn't suit a hopeful message particularly well.

The vocals are a bit of a double-edged sword. The cleans are great and fit in very well with the music, for example when the singer croons over the chorus of Clockwork. However, the growls and screams sound somewhat hollow and underwhelm where they are meant to enrage. Fortunately, the vocals are mainly clean, but this is a problem that the band will need to fix for future releases. The other problem is that the bass is far too low in the mix, which makes the album seem even more hollow. Other than that, there aren't any major flaws. On paper, everything is in its right place here; the breakdowns and screams are well-timed, and neither too long nor too many. The solos are effective without going overboard and shredding excessively and the drums keep up well with everything else, conveying energy throughout the album. I would recommend the first two songs to anyone, since this band has a lot of potential.

Pros
Concise
Good musicianship
Clean vocals are great

Cons
Bass too low in the mix
Growls and screams too hollow
Vultures



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johnnydeking29
June 19th 2012


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woah, I didn't realize how short this review was until I posted, lol

Digging: Warren of Ohms - The Wolf and The Fox

IdiotequeCigar
June 19th 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wats this shit?

johnnydeking29
June 19th 2012


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://wingsdenied.bandcamp.com/album/awake

FrozenVain
June 19th 2012


2472 Comments


Good review! Dunno what the hell this is but I will definitely check it out.

johnnydeking29
June 19th 2012


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks bro

IdiotequeCigar
June 19th 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not ambient darkcore, therefore shit

bloodcoveredreaper
June 29th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The mix and vocals are pretty bad.

johnnydeking29
July 8th 2012


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this was recorded in a dorm, don't mind the vocals though, apart from the growls...ugh

foxxxythnksustnk
January 22nd 2013


2132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

met the bassist at a party i think idk we'refriends on fb nd this is pretty cool

johnnydeking29
January 22nd 2013


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woah, that's pretty awesome bro, what's he like?

foxxxythnksustnk
January 22nd 2013


2132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he seemed chill i remember him now he was trying to get with my ex dam am i a rock star now

johnnydeking29
January 22nd 2013


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bro, you were a rock star before rock meant hard jamz

foxxxythnksustnk
January 22nd 2013


2132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great answer :']

johnnydeking29
January 22nd 2013


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

RnR attitude livez

oltnabrick
April 21st 2013


31303 Comments


Like Prog? Like Metal? This is the band for you.

Digging: Lil Debbie - Young Bitch

johnnydeking29
April 21st 2013


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yes, it's a ground breaking combination

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 17th 2014


13408 Comments


lol hows the lp

johnnydeking29
June 17th 2014


9459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't heard it tbh...



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