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Wardomized | ‘Forced To Eat From The Apple Tree ‘

Every time another release comes out of the Belfast micro-scene, I have to check.

Which band is it again? How many members do they share?

Is this a serious release or one of the flippant piss takes?

It can be hard to keep up with the nine person merry-go-round.

Wardomized though have at least been consistent with their grindy, crusty, goovy lo-fi output, and this is the latest batch of protest filth from their quarters.

It’s all fairly basic, chaotic, thrash of naked limbs stuff: the only thing seemingly holding it all together is the impressive speed and dexterity of Deane Montgomery’s drumming.

His blasts are furious, and right on point. Total crust speed in the style of Cripple Bastards with that bell-ride cymbal attack.

That about sums up ‘Suicide Death Rock’ anyway.

They slow down temporarily for ‘Blue, White and Black Flowers’, whose main drag uses a really off the wall ‘la la la’ sample that works brilliantly over the simple, lugubrious four chord riff.

I don’t know who J’aime Rachelle is who adds these high notes to the track, but there’s a nod to Julie Christmas in there which is obviously hard to ignore. The grind at the end of it is a superb burst of power from out of nowhere.

‘Brainrot’ is total speed grind from start to its impressive 4:11 finish: Wormrot, more like.

Of a markedly lower quality is closer ‘The Ultimate Demise’ which returns to the inchoate thrashing (not the musical genre) of the opener. It feels poorly controlled and thrown together.

So, fair play to them for cranking out some furious, fast and, from a drumming perspective at least, impressive grind.

It’s not enough to yet elevate them into a band that the wider world should be taking proper notice of – their riffs need to seriously start surpassing a few sliding power chords – but the angst and energy in it is well distilled.

Needs a sharper attack and some more along the lines of ‘Blue, White and Black Flowers’ creativity wise, but its a decent incremental movement onward for them.

2.8 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 05/12/17

One Comment
  1. It isn’t great at all. Wee bit of quality control here would be advised. i know there’s nothing to lose these days though if it were me I wouldn’t be happy spitting that out.

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