Wounds (USA-IL)
Light Eater


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mitchell D. W. CONTRIBUTOR (50 Reviews)
February 20th, 2019 | 36 replies


Release Date: 02/14/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a Midwest metropolis, there's a new tech-death brew to consume, and it's got riffs.

Formulating a potent brew of technical death metal embodies a tightrope-like exercise in chemical science: a balance has to be struck between inputs of instrumental virtuosity and memorability. Dweedle and bree to the heart’s extent and the result likely produces befuddled expressions rather than nods of approval, the mosh pit scratching its collective head as it searches for a riff to cling to—a simple, dull escape. Some villainous alchemy is at work inside the city limits of Chicago, striving to remedy the incessant influx of cheap alternatives. Instead of just crafting intriguing musical forays, newly-branded quartet Wounds advance their sound a step further, injecting the huddled masses with a most contagious plague that spreads throughout the entire body. Symptoms stretch beyond typically observed instances of fist-pumping intensity; many victims seem to break out in convulsive dancing exhibitions, enslaved by the groovy tunes reverberating in their eardrums. Though its duration may be brief, Light Eater is certainly an infectious collection of songs that are tightly structured and performed with absolute precision. The typically polished, melodic textures of the genre explode from the guitars with considerable force, simultaneously reaching abyssal depths to pile on a crunching heaviness to accentuate breakdowns and the various tempo shifts. Rest assured that the impending virus possesses enough skill to be aesthetically ostentatious while maintaining a dirty undertone that brings the full force of a death metal onslaught.

The band is undoubtedly comfortable managing a fast pace through the featured cuts presented here, but rarely do they remain content at lingering in one place. “Metamorphosis” definitely breaks off its chains in a burst of powerful chords that explore the expanse of the fretboard, but the middle of the track finds itself collapsing into a slower section, low-end chugs pounding the listener into submission. True to name, the conclusion of the song blossoms into a harmonious solo, emerging from the murk in a stunning fashion. Immediately afterwards comes the ferocious charge of the grind-tinged “Fractured” in case any reservation lingered regarding the group’s ability to procreate crushing riffs. The comparatively brief selection merges together the pool of influences—technical, death metal, and groovy grind—concisely and without added fluff. Ultimately, the reason these particular highlights achieve success is not only because of their aforementioned perks, but because their sonic identities are distinguishable from one another—a queue of the tracks can be drafted and each conception speaks in its own voice, bringing to the table its share of memorable moments. In a genre brimming with copycats and style-over-substance projects, this fact instantly places Wounds at a position above their peers. Of equal note is the amount of foot-tapping fun that was alluded to; the album’s title track revels in various speed changes, bouncing up and down on a mid-tempo refrain that prompts an appropriate bouncing session from whoever jumps on the ride.

This chemistry club experiences even greater benefits due to how they operate as a unit; there are no players that outshine another, cooperation being the critical factor that makes the invention addicting, open to revisits. Too often does the guitarist flaunt their finger muscles or the bassist conquers the stage, which leads to records that are of high quality but concurrently unbalanced. The production presented allows for each member to be heard: vocals control a range of commanding growls to vicious shrieks, holding down the fort as furious drums take the reins, effectively accelerating and decelerating to lay down those punishing grooves; and the guitars and bass function in synchronicity, one providing melody while the other supplies increased weight to passages, occasionally embarking upon its own central riff. It develops in such a way that what once was mad science now appears elementary—Wounds demonstrate the basics and something extra as if second nature. Crowds exposed to this kind of substance definitely have more to look forward to than an infrequent call to thrash about. Chicago’s resident engineers offer an adventure that doesn’t associate with the norm and is marketed to those searching for more than the ordinary. Perhaps the sole drawback is that, contained in 5 songs, the enjoyable jaunt is too short. If it is a sign for things to come, though, it’s worth adding another round to the tab.



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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short-but-sweet EP. If your 2019 has been dry, this is sure to spice it up a little bit. February has definitely been a productive writing month for me, so I think I'll hibernate for a week or so to rest.



Check it on bandcamp: https://woundstech.bandcamp.com/album/light-eater-ep



Streaming also available on Spotify.



Comments, criticism, yadda yadda yadda something about explosive lemons all welcome.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


25939 Comments


explosive lemons & invisible oranges

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's the spirit

Ecnalzen
February 20th 2019


8710 Comments


Gosh, I sure do enjoy reading your reviews.

I am back and forth on death metal and this doesn't appear to be what I want to hear. Bummer.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a high compliment to me, I really appreciate it. Thank you.



Sorry the tunes aren't what you want but thanks for stopping by.

Kusangii
February 20th 2019


2382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tech-death reviewed by Mars?!?!?! Gotta check

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess it's that time of the year my man. Nice to see you around and thanks for reading. This is some good fun fo sho

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


7998 Comments


Great review my dude

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a lot, I'm glad you liked it. Album engages in the ripping of faces.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


7998 Comments


I'll give it a whirl, can't get enough heavy music recently

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The more heavy the merrier, especially when it's done well

calmrose
February 21st 2019


5165 Comments


a Mars review for a band/album I don't know means I need to jam asap

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Y'all are too kind. Appreciate the visit my man, and I indeed believe this is worthy of a jam.

DDDeftoneDDD
February 21st 2019


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh boy. Worthy indeed. That Metamorphosis description is beautifully spot on. Pos'd review&album!

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see you around my man, appreciate the kind words. That song definitely works as an overall illustration of what this album is about.

DDDeftoneDDD
February 21st 2019


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yap...there's a really well done balance between death grind and tech death, but also a really sweet groove that keeps it all memorable m/ tks for the rec and the rev.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, anything I can do to get some conversation going. This is the kind of stuff worthy of the trending board. And I think we can get it done boyos.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That riff on the title track goes hard in the paint. Certified workout material for all interested.

TheNotrap
February 21st 2019


11802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enthusiastic review, good job.



Cool tech, I hope they get a record deal.

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the compliment, it means a lot.



Seems like they've been around since '06, but this is a new iteration/brand. So in that sense they're relatively young, in which case all the better if someone decides to boost them up. I could do with more of this.



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