When it comes to hardcore, particularly in the US, the door has been quite spectacularly broken down in recent years, so much so that even the GRAMMY Awards panel had to sit up and take notice of Code Orange‘s success with ‘Forever’.
This has created an environment in which some of the most daring and creative bands in hardcore have gained prominence in their wake; Turnstile, Vein, and Jesus Piece, to name a few. Here comes another addition, the morbidly-named Wristmeetrazor with their debut full-length, ‘Misery Never Forgets’.
As well as their sound, the long-winded song titles are also noticeably reminiscent of hardcore at the turn of the millennium. Whether you’re into the new wave, or long-standing titans such as Converge or Poison The Well, you’ll find plenty here to tickle your fancy. ‘Loathsome’ kicks us straight into gear, a visceral opening salvo complete with squealing guitars and banshee-like howls.
‘In Line For Halos’ and ‘Insecurity Checkpoint’ are proof that Wristmeetrazor have plenty of ideas up their sleeve already. There’s a definite ear for melody present that normally takes hardcore bands quite some time to find, but the freneticism and chaos is still present in droves.
A more cynical view could be that the semi-moaned vocal delivery over industrial sections that occur in ‘Come On In, The Water’s Pink’ feels very in line with recent trends in hardcore – make of that what you will. While more and more bands of this ilk are popping up, the timing isn’t necessarily the band’s fault, and this song is still a nice way to divide the album up.
After the wall of feedback and squeals that is ‘Goodbye Sweet Betty’, normal service is resumed. ‘Expiry Date: 12 Hours’ has particularly menacing screams, and the crooned vocal delivery in ‘No More Blue Tomorrows’ is a nice reminder of Vein‘s more melodic moments. As well as this, the latter has an atmospheric opening which the band could greatly expand upon in the future.
At just 21 minutes, ‘Misery Never Forgets’ is a short, white-hot battering ram of ferocity. The standard for this kind of hardcore may be getting higher and higher, but Wristmeetrazor could still stand toe-to-toe with best. Let’s embrace this fruitful and golden period while it lasts.