Fri 14th June 2013
Wraiths are the 'Scrappy-Doo' of Witch Hunter Records- all youthful mosh exuberance and "put-em-up". Their self-titled EP is a nose to tail doom ridden downtempo hardcore beat-down with a smear of the ol' corpse paint.
My favourite track is Church Burner which has a really great atonal opening sequence building into a stand out anthemic mosh. This EP is great throughout in fact, sort of like if Nile were re-born as gobby teenagers and this is the soundtrack for a night on the town (burning churches of course). It’s a great release and Wraiths definitely succeed in pushing the envelope on the sound- the final song Monolith building in ambition and scope.
This EP is produced crazily well and the vocalist nails every track. In other bands of a similar ilk, this sub-sub-genre can veer toward annoying, pitchy cloying vocals which can undermine the whole thing, but throughout the EP the roar is bang-on, book-ending the third track Hellride with the defiant growl of "Fuuuuuuuck".
I'm convinced they would be really fun live. And if you are fans of their label mates, particularly End Reign I'd heartily recommend it.