Tuesday, July 12, 2011
WRNLRD - "Death Drive EP" (2010) [Flingco Sound System]
Along with a few other bands (there are more, but I've run out of words to hyperlink), Virginia black metal enigma WRNLRD, with a handful of full-lengths and EPs under their belt, have risen to the occasion and regularly challenge the stagnating American scene. The Death Drive EP, WRNLRD's latest release on Chicago's own FlingcoSoundSystem, is comprised of eighteen minutes of the most mind-melting, psyche-altering, unorthodox "black metal," if one could even classify them under that genre title anymore, I've ever heard.
Choosing not to wait, WRNLRD begins this EP with the disjointed, avant-jazz of "Precursor" and pummels the listener with a nonstop onslaught of confusing, shifting musical styles. Ranging from the bleakest, heaviest of metal to a softer, more gentle piano piece, and maybe even a poppy blues or even country-like pedal steel guitar solo (in "Moonlight Ride"), WRNLRD's demented, horrific take on music in general is not one to ignore. Oh, and the infamous Dwid Hellion of hardcore juggernaut Integrity has a guest spot on this album. Weird enough for you yet?
Get ready, because this EP is going to take you for a ride you will never forget.
Defy logic, order this 10" now.