Wake
Thought Form Descent


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
July 23rd, 2022 | 61 replies


Release Date: 07/22/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Spreading the wings

It was through change that man has moved forward; taking risks, daring to push boundaries, endlessly exploring and experiencing; evolving. Canadian extreme metallers Wake are among those who have embraced change, avoiding stagnant waters; never repeating themselves. The double leap (LP & EP) from the original grind formula into hybrid territory at the dawn of the new decade has catapulted the band into contemporary stratospheres, drawing the attention not only of the metal community but also of iconic Metal Blade, which signed a worldwide deal with the lads in early 2021. Wake's sixth studio album, Thought Form Descent, thus marks a new chapter for the collective, creatively and professionally. It will also attest to whether the quintet will continue to progress their sound or choose to consolidate the formula. Either way, the success of both 2020 releases, Devouring Ruin and Confluence, lend a sense of responsibility and expectation around the band's next step. And Thought Form Descent is anything but a letdown.

As soon as we dive into the first two cuts, 'Infinite Inward' and 'Swallow the Light', we realize the fellas have done it again, adding a new set of layers that lend greater atmosphere and diversity to their already hybrid sound. The clean background vocals and subtle synth soundscapes are likely the most noticeable updates and the ones that generate the most contrast with previous releases. Yet we never feel them as disruptive elements but rather as building blocks for a logical step towards a broader musical spectrum. There's a sense of modernity enveloping Thought Form Descent, a freshness that comes not only from new musical ingredients but also from the band's own creative spirit, which once again refused to repeat itself. Exuberant climaxes and overwhelming blackened blast beats contrast with dynamic slow-mid tempos enriched by Josh Bueckert's impressive drumming. New textures blend into the previous formula smoothly, without disfiguring it. The Fallujah-esque nuances present in 'Mourning Dirge (Repose of the Dead)' and 'Venerate (The Undoing of All)' or the melodic sections that emerge in the latter and in 'Observer to Master' are tones that add some freshness to the sound palette while pushing the music to wider audiences. The brief yet expendable instrumental 'Pareidolia', featuring Gorguts’ Kevin Hufnagel, and the Tangerine Dream-esque closing track also explore different aesthetics, enhancing the album's atmospheric side; diversifying it. As with Devouring Ruin, these new nuances are a double-edged sword as they have the ability to attract new listeners, thus broadening the fan base, but also to scare off current followers, who may find some moments too accessible, far from the band's usual orbit. It's the inevitable price of risk-taking and not playing it safe, I guess, but it’s also what makes the world go round.

Whichever side of the barricade you choose to be on, Thought Form Descent's virtues are undeniable, both technically and more importantly - artistically. 'Infinite Inward' and 'Swallow the Light' are easily among the best songs this band has ever produced, and 'Venerate (The Undoing of All)' explores broader, more melodic territory, stretching the collective's scope. Oddly enough, it also opens some doors, notably with its Krautrock-ish ambient finale that may well be a glimpse of what's to come; the added ingredient in Wake's next metamorphosis. Their progressive blackened death metal formula is fertile ground for innovation and creative ventures, and this may well be an interesting seed.

Once more, the Canadian quintet spread its wings and dared to move forward, exploring new, more colorful soundscapes. Three-dimensional grounds that uncover a diverse layered sound architecture which introduces more ambiance and melody to the decor. Much like the central character of its narrative, who travels to places unknown, Thought Form Descent takes a leap into previously uncharted lands, cementing Wake as one of today's most exciting extreme metal collectives.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2022


17872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In addition to all their virtues, the lads have the merit of not repeating themselves. Great stuff

The album is available on all streaming platforms.



Bandcamp stream:

http://wakegrind.bandcamp.com/album/thought-form-descent

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2022


4072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought this absolutely slapped on first listen, and enjoyed both their releases from last year. Looking forward to coming back to it.

trilo
July 23rd 2022


5023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally get to talk about this! nice review as always sir



Bleeding Eyes of the Watcher is sooo good

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2022


17872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That track reminds me of Tears for Fears, go figure hahah Thanks ;)

Cheers Sunnyvale!

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2022


15300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to this! Their sound reinvention is paying off for them for sure.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2022


17872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most definitely. Gotta feeling the boys still have a few tricks up their sleeve.

Sowing
Moderator
July 24th 2022


41803 Comments


Nice review. The artwork might draw me into actually listening to this ;-)

Durrzo
July 24th 2022


2711 Comments


Album slaps, love the atmosphere.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2022


15300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This year is so stacked, I can't handle it.

kentropy
July 24th 2022


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Massive, massive sound.

YuriZakhaev
July 24th 2022


795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Massive yuh all around

combustion07
July 24th 2022


10593 Comments


Track featured at the bottom of the review is sick. Stoked to give this one a listen. Great review as always man

JayEnder
July 24th 2022


15263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loving this.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2022


17872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers guys ;)

This probably isn't your cup of tea, Sowing, but take a peek at 'Swallow the Light', you never know right? The track's climax ranks among my 2022 highlights so far.



DDDeftoneDDD
July 24th 2022


20654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, sow is more of an Esocthrillium fan XD

DDDeftoneDDD
July 24th 2022


20654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really like the previous one. Is this in the same line?

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2022


17872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's more melodic and atmospheric; more diverse. I just dropped a couple of words on that ;)

DDDeftoneDDD
July 24th 2022


20654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will read it fs! Rn

DePlazz
July 24th 2022


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not always in the mood for this massive sounding style but liking it so far. These guys know how to throw in a good riff now and then.

botb
July 24th 2022


15461 Comments


This band has never really GRABBED me but my friends love them. Gonna give this a shot.



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