Vales
Wilt And Rise


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
March 1st, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 02/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And build Vales do.

Two years ago I would have been all over this album. Stated it a classic, declared the era of Defeater dead and picked out my ideal gravesite and tombstone reading “life is complete”. In fact I sort of did that with my glowing review of their EP Clarity. In a way I already knew how I felt about Vales’ first proper release Wilt & Rise and what I wanted to say about before I even clicked play. Not to say I have some sort of commitment to the band, I might even say they owe me with this one – mostly to justify my absurd hyperbole – but to also prove they were worth the risk of praise. Well Wilt & Rise is finally here and, unsurprisingly, it makes me want to break out my thesaurus.

Clarity’s greatest asset was how succinct it was. The release benefited from its length allowing the songs to never overstay their welcome yet leaving the listener wanting more. An excellent teaser. Although the space between these two releases is large the fire only seems to have strengthened as Vales sound even more confident in their abilities keeping their brand of melodic hardcore fresh and energetic. Album opener “Dead Wood” is executed perfectly brimming with passion and gut wrenching vocals, but it more stems as the connection between the past and the road ahead. With Wilt Vales really bring to light their screamo influence often in between their rhythm based verses and soaring choruses; tracks like “Wildfire” and “Survival” work so well within this template because the band is so patient in letting the songs build.

And build Vales do. The songs seem to cascade off each other, the intervals between are moot as the pace simply continues to ascend. Minding the brief instrumental “Katrina” Wilt provides little recovery time and it’s ten track display is gratified by this. It helps keep in tow with that concise nature I was touting earlier providing a greater need and or meaning for each song.

Essentially this is another extension of the new wave, but it’s done so well. “White Horse” is a scary song of the year contender with its balanced aggression leading the soft melodies and highlighting what Vales do better than most – emotional hardcore. Wilt & Rise legitimizes Vales. They rode a familiar formula when first bursting onto the scene, but are now making a noise sounding all their own. This is what I heard two years ago ladies and gentlemen.



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fromtheinside
March 1st 2014


19029 Comments


i'm out

it's been real sput

had some good times

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Necrotica
March 1st 2014


10062 Comments


no bby pls don't go :[

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2014


50859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn

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Funeralopolis
March 1st 2014


11757 Comments


stoked to hear this

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ShitsofRain
March 1st 2014


5945 Comments


see you next year

Nikkolae
March 1st 2014


4866 Comments


its about goddamn time they put this out

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DanielNightLewis
March 1st 2014


552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's ok, a pretty good record to go out on but I feel if they weren't breaking up they would have a super awesome record in them 1 or 2 down the line.

Owantjaaaa
March 3rd 2014


3366 Comments


didn't they break up?

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XingKing
April 19th 2014


10954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NEVER

LOSE

SIGHT

OF WHAT IT IS

TO LOSE IT ALL

Also they are not breaking up. They mentioned playing shows soon today on facebook

PurpleDino
April 29th 2014


3086 Comments


they're playing a show in June and it's free and I'm so fucking going to that shit

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