Wear Your Wounds/Revelator
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grayson Hale USER (30 Reviews)
February 4th, 2013 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “What’s done is done. The mistakes you’ve made stand forever.”

For anyone interested in hearing just what Jacob Bannon sounds like when he’s not screaming his lungs out for legendary hardcore band Converge, this is essential listening. “Adrift in You” is Bannon’s second solo release (after 2008’s “The Blood of Thine Enemies”) and his first under the Wear Your Wounds moniker. Whereas “The Blood of Thine Enemies” was a slow, ambient/drone dirge, “Adrift in You” sounds altogether more uplifting and hopeful. There are none of Bannon’s trademark panther-vocals here as the track brings to mind post-punk legends The Cure and Killing Joke as well as the dreamlike atmosphere of My Bloody Valentine. There’s even the noisy Swans-like drums that leave Bannon’s vocals buried deep in the mix, a technique that suits the song perfectly. If “Adrift in You” is anything to go by the full-length should be worth the wait.

Ben Chisholm (of Chelsea Wolfe fame) makes up the other side of this split under the name Revelator. “Net of Gems” complements the Wear Your Wounds track perfectly as its bleaker, more sombre counterpart. There are strong ambient influences here and the song exudes a spacey atmosphere that is easy to get lost in. The drums are subtle but effective (think of the second-half of Sigur Rós’ Untitled Album) and suit the atmosphere created by the piano and electronics brilliantly. Although “Net of Gems” is built around its impressive use of minimalism and restraint, the song never feels like it’s dragging or moving along aimlessly. In fact, it builds up to a disorienting climax that doesn’t compromise any of the ethereal ambience that has gone before it.

In conclusion, this is a highly impressive release that shows a lot of potential for both artists. Although the split is very short and it sounds as though the songs would work much better in an album context, this is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the musicians involved or any kind of experimental rock in general.



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someguest
February 4th 2013


20678 Comments


I'm glad someone reviewed this here. I have not heard it yet. The artwork is pretty interesting.

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SAPoodle
February 5th 2013


484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks someguest, you should definitely check it out - the artwork is pretty much a visual representation of the music

duckies
February 5th 2013


143 Comments


Converge linked on facebook and twitter to your review. Congrats!

Lelle
February 6th 2013


2156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have this and The Blood of Thine Enemies on vinyl. They're both great. But Revelator's song is my favourite on this. I'm a big fan of Jake's Supermachiner stuff also, you should listen to that if you want to hear more of his clean vocals.

SAPoodle
February 6th 2013


484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow thanks for the heads up duckies, that just made my day! And Lelle, I love all of Jacob's solo stuff including Supermachiner. Glad more people are checking this out - I hadn't heard of Ben Chisholm or Chelsea Wolfe before this split (and still have yet to listen) but I love the Revelator track almost as much as the WYW one.

Lelle
February 6th 2013


2156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it has a great atmosphere. I like atmospheric emotional stuff like this, do you have any good recs similar to this style apart from the bands in the review?

SAPoodle
February 6th 2013


484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well if you like the WYW song you may enjoy The Angelic Process - that band for me makes perfect emotional and atmospheric music. Also check out El Cielo by dredg for some beautiful atmospheric rock.

Lelle
February 8th 2013


2156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah thanks! I know of dredg already, el cielo is great. chuckles and mr squeezy sucks though. I'll check out Angelic Process then!

SAPoodle
February 9th 2013


484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet man, let me know what you think once you've given it a good listen.

VinVal
October 23rd 2013


724 Comments


sounds great so far; a friend of mine bought me a tshirt with this album cover, had no idea what it was but the artwork is so cool i loved it right away

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