1. Silent As Decrepit
2. Hollow Victory Or Sin
3. Idolized In Pink
4. Live Wire Touches Wet Blanket
5. Curse or Blessing
7. Rhetorical Question
8. Urgently Missing Something
This is what NYC breeds. Well actually, NYC breeds shameful glam-rock played by 20-year olds with one Stooges record and a desperate desire to shrug-off the Magic Card nerd status they held at their Ohio highschool. But occasionally, the Big Apple also produces hardcore metal aimed at weirdos rather than standard Hessians/core-bros. Wetnurse is this era's Deadguy or, dare I say it, Yuppicide (yes, that's a compliment).
I have a habit of saying "Basically..." and then trying to make everything as concise as possible by fitting all my thoughts into one clever line. Wetnurse make that impossible. There is just too much going on. Is it doom Too fast, but an element is present. Is it metalcore I think these dudes would force-feed your standard metalcore geek a fistful of broken taillights before rolling them down a drainage embankment in the Bronx. But there are aspects of metalcore here. Death Southern rock Circus music Look, man, only two things are clear: It's metal and it's better than 90% of what that word encompasses.
There is a hardness (not to confused with toughness) here that gives Wetnurse a lot of musical leeway. If Wetnurse want to have an obnoxiously high pitched vocal part, they can pull it off because it lays over some viciously heavy riffing. If Wetnurse plays some jittery weirdness in the middle of a song, well, you'll just have to deal with it because they're setting up for the cranium-crushing part to come. Where does an 800lb ape sit Anywhere he wants.
Though different animals, this album gives me the same feeling I got when I heard Anodyne for the first time: "This may not be my thing normally... but, damn it's good!" Everything is played perfectly and the band never gets too clever for its own good. My two complaints fall on vocalist Gene Fowler, so I'm going to address him directly here. The rest of you can read on if you are interested, I guess.
Hi, Gene. I never heard your band despite living in Brooklyn. Small world I guess. Anyway, I sorta had some issues with the S/T. It's good, but here's what I was thinking:
1) Please include lyrics. 2) It's all a little much, isn't it I mean, the standard hard voice is powerful so is the yelping really necessary Sometimes this record sounds like a fight between an ogre and a leprechaun, which is neat but takes me out of the moment, you know The death growls are used tastefully, so I guess I have that to be thankful for. Ok. Good record. Hope everything is well.
Bottom Line: Solid record that transcends genre. Anyone with an appreciation for heavy music can probably enjoy this on some level. The vocals can be a little startling on first listen but I think most of you will get over it.