Wake are a band from Calgary, Canada that started out as more of a crust/grind band in t he beginning but have incorporated elements of avant garde, black metal, sludge, and post hardcore into their style this time around and this is a review of their 2016 album "Sowing The Seeds Of A Worthless Tomorrow" which was released by Sentinent Ruin Laboratories.
A very dark and avant garde sound starts off the album before going into a very fast and brutal grindcore direction that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats along with some high pitched screams that have almost a black metal tone to them while the slower sections of the music are very heavily influenced by sludge and doom metal.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of the melodies bring in elements of post hardcore and the faster sections remain true to the bands d beat, crust and grindcore roots and as the album progresses elements of noise can be heard in certain sections of some of the tracks and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while some songs bring in death metal style growls and the whole album also remains true to a very brutal and aggressive musical direction and spoken word samples are added onto the last track.
Wake creates an album that is very much rooted in the brutal crust/grind direction of previous recordings but also changes things around by incorporating more elements of noise, black metal, sludge and post hardcore which also helps the music evolve a lot more, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark, angry and hateful themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Wake and if you are a fan of crust and grindcore with elements of black metal and sludge, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wretched" "Low" and "Endless Decay". 8 out of 10.