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The Wage Of Sin Product Of Deceit And Loneliness


Our score 7

4/16/2002

So, let's be honest: hardcore is kind of sexist.Not the exclusionary kind, or the mainstream girls-get-raped-at-fests kind either, but still a little protective, and a little misogynistic.How many fights have you seen started cause somebody jump-kicked somebody else's girlfriend in the noseOr, in a more typical example, whenever girls dance even remotely well, everyone cheers.WhyIt's just cool to see girls who are tough - even if this highlights the fact that they aren't boys. I say all this because two observations are inevitable on (The) Wage of Sin's debut full length, 'The Product of Deceit and Lonliness:" one, they're five girls, and two, this is not only the sickest music ever put out by girls, but by a lot of people.Musically, the style seems to blend Most Precious Blood's newer, heavier style (another inevitable comparison, as MPB's Rachel is WOS's guitarist), a touch of Throwdown breakdowns, and a pinch of metal.On the whole, the songs are fast and furious, that toned-down, old-school, tough-guy flavor, simple but evil riffing (even some divergent lines), and raspy, blistering vocals, like MPB but half an octave higher... you wouldn't know it was a girl unless someone told you.There isn't much in the way of double bass chunk or singing, but the occasional occurrences really sound out. The first track, "First-Born Against" is my favorite, with fantastic drum work and a breakdown dropping out of nowhere (complemented by what sounds like a keyboard, although I'm honestly not sure).When the real mosh rhythm kicks in, you may have to wipe drool off your chin: this is unbelievably tough stuff.The double-bass rounding the song off adds a nice counterpoint to the mostly hectic pace."Open Doors" is the most positive hardcore song I've heard wrapped in such an insanely dissonant, furious song since Torn Apart's "Seize the Day."Some melodic snatches of song overlap the screams here to a nice juxtaposed sound.The crew vocals toward the end are particularly inspiring."Who Comes Out on Top" has a more traditional toughguy introduction, clearly inspired by the like of Madball.For diehard MPB fans, "Self-Infliction" will definitely bring to mind entries from 'Nothing in Vein,' but with very unique, catchy drums adding a style all its own."When I Broke Your Heat I Shattered Mine" loses much of the accompaniment, giving the bass line a chance to really shine.Unfortunately, this song never really goes anywhere.A beautifully incorporated cello solo (of all things) opens "Cast Away," pressed directly against back-breakingly hard mosh, which in turn fires into snappy drums and demonic riffing that wouldn't sound out of place in Caliban.The breakdowns that pop up later round this out as a great song."In Dependence," another wonderful number (and with great sXe lyrics) does great work with rapid tempo changes: snappy snares dropping into rolling bass and destruction, then shooting forward again; the all-girl gang vocals on the line "you're killing yourself" have to be heard to be believed.Finally, "Thoughts Without Action," though with a somewhat generic beginning, finds a tremendous voice in a style somewhere between Facedown and Converge; dark and brightly chaotic, sick throughout. WOS is not really bending any genres, and it's not the best to be found in its style.But remember that this is a first album, and you will be amazed at the catchy, dancy songs.Remember this is independently produced, and you will be amazed at the high production level.I tend to like a little more variety and experimentation in my hardcore, but Wage of Sin still does a remarkable job of keeping every song fresh and energetic; compared to some bands much more veteran, you never really come across the problem of not being able to tell songs apart.And, though I hate myself for being sexist, remember: this brutal, interesting, addictive music is played without a single penis.Actually, maybe that is damn cool, but regardless of gender of the musicians, this is not an album to pass up.

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