Don't call it a... Okay it's a comeback
By nuclear legs
This album is really awesome.
The Procession is like a gut punch and it only gets more intense from there. And can I just say, this is a band that gets right to the point. So much hype has gone into mosh metal over the last few years, everyone starts to sound the same. This is such a refreshing change of pace.
Quick Sand Breaths is a great contribution. Lyrically just sick. It's bouncy and it'll get stuck in your head. It's just enough to be not repetitive but enough to satisfy the headbangers.
Dragging Weight is a non-stop torrent of visceral guitar and some of the most original vocal range usage I've ever heard. Blake really whips his voice around. As a vocalist, I'm kind of floored by his abilities. It's very unorthodox but wow, does it get the point across.
Rubiks Cube Obsession is original and nasty filled with sharp turns and unsettling lyrics.
Kunomuia is just a terrific track. Start to finish the vocals, guitars and pounding drums all mimic the same message, which is so refreshing in an age of metal which is filled with showboating. Nowadays it's like every band member wants a chance in the spotlight; not so here. The whole thing is one contiguous mesh of heavy emotion from all members after the same goal; mosh metal.
Crowns Meant for Kings has one of the sickest builds and one of the most satisfying drops I've ever come across. They played this song live at NEMHC and the place went berserk. And rightfully so.
Dirt Nap is a song I am legitimately nervous to see them play live. There is one portion of the song with cleans which I am convinced is maliciously intended to build a false sense of security while the whole band winds up a right hook of a drop.
The Box. There's only one thing wrong with this song. There's not enough of it.
Ego Ideal is the most polished song on the album. The pacing of the song is perfect. The ratio of breakdown to speedy portions is perfect. It builds and drops in all the right places and all the t's are crossed and i's are dotted in terms of accents i.e. pitch harmonics or synth work etc. It's just all the things you expect from OBW. It's tough, emotional and made for mosh pits.
Everything is just the right tempo to build that frantic sense hardcore shows should invigorate then drop you off a cliff at the apex.
Couple things I didn't like. I wish there weren't pauses in between the tracks. It seems like they wrote it to be very cohesive but the pauses really break the mood. Also I wish they'd done more with some of the material. The Box for instance is one of the heaviest things I've heard all year, yet they only play about 2 iterations of the breakdown. With a biting sound like that you could've made a whole song surrounding that breakdown!
Honestly, the only thing wrong with this album is that it leaves you wanting more. And as any on broken wings fan knows, we probably won't see anything for a few more years. But this album was worth the wait.