Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Fucking Wrath - Valley of The Serpent's Soul



Hybridization often produces interesting results but often predictable results.  Just look at fairly recent DVD releases like Sharktopus.  Before even seeing the movie, there's some preconceived idea that the film is a horror or thriller featuring a monster that is a cross between a shark and an octopus.  The Fucking Wrath create their own monstrous music by crossing the eighties hardcore of Black Flag with a heavy dose of  modern stoner metal of High on Fire.  


As the band name suggests this isn't supposed to be easy listening music and a continual anger rages throughout the album.  There's the driving sound of  Zeke in the intro to opener " The Question" and there's no denying that the vocals have the dope-smoking chest-beating caveman throaty roaring spit of High on Fire's Matt Pike. It's not all stoner metal and hardcore as snippets of Maiden ring though the stuck in mud sludgy heaviness of the appropriately titled "Swansong of a Madman".  The Black Flag influence mostly travels though in the chaotic yet controlled instrumentation especially in "Neuroddyssey", which is divided into three parts with the last named "Caverns of Black Flags".


The Fucking Wrath might not sound like the most original band but what they've done with the Black Flag blueprint beats the likes of Bl'ast and Career Suicide due to their fitting more into the heavy stoner metal category than hardcore.  Take the journey to the Valley of the Serpent's Soul and feel the burn The Fucking Wrath.

4/5

Band website here.

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