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Melbourne Nu-Metalcore five-piece Wake The Blind have launched into the scene kicking and screaming with Broken Casket, delivering an intense and experimental debut EP.
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The newly formed band have followed up from their more standard 2019 singles Now or Nothing and Cauterise with a much freakier and exciting record. Sitting at only five tracks long, Broken Casket has no filler–just delivering five strong tracks that predict an exciting future for the band.
From the confronting and erratic heavy riffs and deathcore screaming that open the first track Patient to the catchy chorus and rapping harsh vocals in Nix, every track takes a turn; offering something new and expanding upon their sound. These turns make every track feel distinct and interesting, letting the album flow together like a genuine collection of well-thought-out songs rather than the consequence of a single recording session.
While some heavy bands manage to get bogged down with intensity over quality on their debut releases, Wake The Blind manage to combine a brutal intensity with some more experimental, nu-metal inspired flourishes on Broken Casket.
The clean vocals clawing out for life under the slamming instrumentals of Patient gives the track a trippy, melodic chorus that doesn’t sacrifice any intensity. Lead single X2 combines blood-curdling high pitch screams with a catchy hook, showing off singer Dylan Stone’s vocal diversity.
The band’s range is particularly demonstrated on Casket, which offers a much more ominous and sombre version of the band’s sound; proving the group’s ability to implement their nu-metalcore sound to both slower, more atmospheric tracks as well as the wall-to-wall thrashing and screaming ones.
While some heavy bands manage to get bogged down with intensity over quality on their debut releases, Wake The Blind manage to combine a brutal intensity with some more experimental, nu-metal inspired flourishes on Broken Casket. Hopefully, there’s only more good things to come from the emerging Melbourne act.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Patient, X2, Casket
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