Dying Whale – Last Moments of Misery (Review)

Dying WhaleDying Whale are a US hardcore band and this is their latest release.

Last Moments of Misery is a 34 minute mix of hardcore, punk, metal and sludge.

Starting with a firm punk/hardcore base to their music, metal and sludge influences are liberally thrown over the top of it to get the end result that they want.

Mixing atypical punk and sludge riffs together with a whole host of other styles. The band’s speed is varied throughout, ranging from crawling to blasting, with most stops in the middle covered at one point or another.

The delivery is raw and emotive, with the rough edges to the band’s sound emphasised by barbed riffs and earthy drums.

Showing a good deal of diversity throughout, there’s obviously no lack of creativity or inspiration in the Dying Whale camp. Various moods, feelings, textures and methods of delivery are explored well across the album. I like that Dying Whale are just as comfortable throwing out furious blast beats as they are doom tsunamis, atmospheric workouts or energetic punk riffs.

The vocals sound urgent, raw and full of passion. From anguished shouts to growls, screams and everything else, the singer leaves no stone unturned in his quest for some form of cathartic release. His voice is honest and unpolished, probably meaning it will be an acquired taste for some, but there’s no denying his intensity.

Crossing bits of Association Area, Botch, Cave In, Gallows, Shai Hulud, Will Haven and others, Last Moments of Misery is a surprisingly varied and engaging release that covers a lot of bases in its relatively short playing time. The band obviously have their own individualistic vision for what they want to achieve and as far as I can tell they tick all of the necessary boxes on this album.

Highly recommended – Last Moments of Misery takes you on quite a journey.

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