With this, Lee Dorrian’s Septic Tank and Gregor Mackintosh’s Vallenfyre touching upon (or even embracing) crust/hardcore punk, it seems that some metal legends have become nostalgic for their punk rock roots.
And we often end up with albums that are cool, but not likely to challenge the greats. Is that a good thing, or should we expect more from our musicians? I’ll leave that for you to ponder.
The brainchild of the legendary Chris Reifert (Death, Autopsy), Violation Wound describe themselves as being “…driven to create 100 percent real punk rock. Nothing trendy, nothing wimpy, nothing pretentious, just fuelled by aggression and kick-ass riffs. Violation Wound is not interested in modern, plastic or safe crap, instead honouring the raw, dirty and pissed off ways of the original innovators, while carving out a path all their own.”
Hyperbole is a wonderful thing to write, but can the album live up to such lofty claims?
Right off the bat, the listener is struck by the scuzziness of ‘Humanity Burning.’
Coming across as a mix of Discharge and Negative Approach is cool but, once the listener settles in, it’s something a million other bands do as well.
So it’s left to Reifert’s voice to really make the song stand up and stand out, which it does because, hey, it’s Chris Reifert.
His guitar tone is dry enough to ensure the bass and drums have prominence in the mix. Maybe a little bit of extra dirt would have been nice but, by and large, it does the job. Some very nice Bonesesque lead breaks in there.
And, realistically, that description can be used to describe all the songs present.
All of them are pretty much the same tempo (with one or two being slightly faster), all of them follow a similar formula and what we are left with is an album with no variations to give the listener something to play with amid the relentless musicality.
Predictably, this has the effect of wearing down the listener as, with the album running at 34 minutes, the 20 songs end up blurring into one.
If Reifert had cut the track listing to around 12 songs, had a few ultra fast ones and some slow numbers, we would have been talking about a lean, enjoyable hardcore homage. As it currently stands, it’s not a bad record, but one that is a little too bloated and samey.
Still better than that Madball album though.
2.2 / 5 – Christopher Owens ::: 20/06/18