We know Wren from their very enjoyable split with Irk, and I was eager to catch up with their latest release to see how the band are progressing.
The answer seems to be that they are progressing very well, thank you.
These tracks continue to channel bands like Isis, Cult of Luna and Neurosis, but with a conscious effort from the band to make themselves more than just yet another post-metal group.
The singer barks out harsh noises over the equally harsh and involving music. It’s so very easy to get on board with what Wren do. When the band lock into an emotive, dark groove and slowly build to a absorbing apogee, it’s safe to say I’m a fan.
Heavy and dark, these songs create atmosphere through minimalism and lots of big, fat, distorted guitars. The bleak melodics and apocalyptic rhythms that the band use are quite compelling, and I find myself enjoying Host just as much as their split with Irk; even more so in fact, has Host as a juicy 29 minutes of material to savour.
As far as I’m concerned, Wren once again show that they’re one of the leading lights in the UK’s sludge/post-metal scene.