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Over the last few months, the hype behind Windwaker’s debut album Love Language has been inescapable. Upon listening to it, it’s evident why.
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Windwaker aren’t a group who presents themselves as up and comers, instead, they perform like seasoned veterans, presenting their uniquely poised and quite alternative take on modern day metal in a style that’ll be sure to set precedence for other bands.
As an opener, Beautiful introduces 15 different soundscapes that’ll make you think, ‘oh ok, we’re doing this now.’ Tying aspects like echoed soaring cleans, an early 2000’s post-hardcore riff and drum and bass elements it’s a starting point that perfectly introduces what’s in store. Lucy, which is about vocalist Will King’s first psychedelic trip builds on the interplay of light and dark by incorporating huge intervals in their riffs adjacent to King’s impressive vocal abilities. Adding another layer to the mix is Dopamine Freestyle, which adds something completely different for the band’s sound, rapping.
Love Language defines itself as so much more than a debut album, with it being quite clear from its output that Windwaker are a group looking to spearhead the scene, not just be a part of it.
As expected, it’s done incredibly tastefully in a style that almost feels reminiscent to early Slipknot. Superstitious Fantasy, also plays with juxtapositions between rap and metal but this time around with more of a modern flair akin to artists like KillaZami and Ghostmane. Title track Love Language relies more on its dreamy melodies and intricate guitar solo’s whilst allowing King to really showcase his impressive tenor vocals, as does closer The Rain, which adds some heavy 808 synthlines into the mix. Love Language defines itself as so much more than a debut album, with it being quite clear from its output that Windwaker are a group looking to spearhead the scene, not just be a part of it.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Dopamine Freestyle, Love Language, Superstitious Fantasy
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