Ahhh, now this is the stuff. 27 minutes of harsh, relentless, nasty music.
Misery Rites contains ugly, filthy grindcore. It’s not grind of the one-dimensional variety either, as Wake combine elements of modern and old-school grind, dirty crust, crushing sludge, hyper-aggressive deathgrind, and even a pinch of oppressive doom here and there into their blistering assault.
The music is furious and abrasive. It’s very well-written and perfectly judged. The songs are mainly short and brutal, but they cover a lot of bases and deliver a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction for anyone into filthy, grim grindcore.
The vocals are rabid and intense, (much like the music is), running the extreme metal spectrum from deep growls to scathing screams. The singer of Primitive Man/Vermin Womb guests on the album too, and his voice is always great to hear.
I’ve made it abundantly clear in the past that I absolutely love music as dark, hideous, and aggressive as this. When it’s played and delivered well, of course, and Wake ply their murderous trade on Misery Rites with expert skill.
Wake have been around for quite a few years now. Although I’ve been aware of them for some time, I’ve never actually heard them before. It seems I’ve been massively missing out, and it’s definitely time to check out the rest of their material.
If you’re anything like me, then get ready to meet your new favourite grindcore band.