Will Haven   Open The Mind To Discomfort
3.5
great
Release Date: 05/2015
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3.5 greatSiderianUK | January 8th 18

Will Haven have been around for two decades, consistently delivering claustrophobic, raw, disquieting and supremely heavy metal. This EP comprises four short instrumentals titled “A” to “D” and five punishingly dense tracks that pound away, topped by frontman Grady Avenell’s tortured vocals.

Stylistically, OTMTD picks up where 2011’s predecessor “Voir Dire” left off “Soul Leach” and “Do You Have a Light” providing a pair of bleak soundscapes that simply thunder with low-end menace. The highlight is definitely “Hermit” a sludgy, punishing beast that is sandwiched by the eery “B” and “C”. The track that closes the EP, “Pop 14” condenses the whole EP into its five-and-a-half minute running time, equal parts ethereal and devastatingly crushing.

If there’s one minor complaint, it’s that the overall tone of the five full tracks is a little samey, but Will Haven have never been about variety, their aim being to bludgeon rather rely on unnecessary experimentation. This EP is a worthy addition to a high-calibre back catalogue.

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3.0 goodRoundOnEndHiInMiddle | July 27th 15

Will Haven has been around for almost two decades now, but their discography isn't too extensive. Still, they've been making nice post-hardcore mixed with sludge metal and noise for a bit now, Carpe Diem being the most notable record of theirs. This EP is no different, if inessential. There are four ambient tracks all named after letters of the alphabet, and each corresponding song is sort of woven in around them, drowning them in shouted vocals and dissonant riffs. "Do You Have A Light?" does this particularly well. Still, the production leaves a lot to be desired, as the drums sound dull and pretty lifeless for the most part. It's not bad by any means, but it's not all that great either.

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4.0 excellentIgnimbrite | May 27th 15

damn son them's some dank-ass riffs

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2.5 averagekewlkewl | May 27th 15

Never has a drummer ruined a good band as badly as Mitch Wheeler. He's been playing the same dun dundundun dun beat since fucking 2001. I miss Wayne Morse. Love you Wayne.

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4.0 excellentDaMoe | March 31st 18
3.0 goodlordworm00 | February 6th 18
3.0 goodDEI or DIE | January 8th 18
4.0 excellentDatsNotDaMetulz | March 7th 16
2.0 poorWhereTheSkyEnds | October 12th 15
4.5 superbtvpartyt0night | September 18th 15
3.0 goodUlshad | August 18th 15
3.5 greatdrksideofthemn5 | July 24th 15
4.0 excellentJustinKing | July 18th 15
3.0 goodProle | July 16th 15
4.0 excellentApetzar | June 24th 15
4.0 excellenthsb | May 21st 15
4.0 excellentcrankstrap | May 18th 15

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