Review by Adam M on January 19, 2016.
The new Wrvth blends ambient music with hardcore in an effective blend. These songs feature numerous style changes along the course of their running time. There are plenty of hardcore breakdowns mixed in with small segues of atmospheric gentleness. The end result is much completely unlike anything else you’ve ever heard.
The vocals typically take the form of shrieked ones. Though they aren’t the most pleasant, these vocals complement the remainder of the music nicely. The songs here are often epic in their construction. This leads to a variety of emotional responses on the part of the listener. Depending on the mood, the band Wrvth is able to convey a lot of mood within their tracks quite effectively. Appropriately, the vocals fit the mould the band is trying to obtain. It’s some of the moments where the vocals are shrieked that the music becomes the most intense. There is still some variation that adds subtle moments at the correct occasions to break up the music into loud and soft portions. This album is still a very harsh and aggressive one in tone at most of the opportune times. It brings forth the chaos in an organized and thoughtful manner, however. The most abrasive portions of the disc are those that catch your attention, but the quiet ones that break things up are usually just as effective. See the track Lured by Knaves for an example of a track that has the right amount of aggression in places, but is broken up by a smooth saxophone portion. If you’re looking for an album with a nice variety of brutality and subtlety, this could be your album.
Though it’s one solid work through and through, I still think this fails to be one of the best albums of 2015 because of a lack of a standout characteristic. Wrvth still remains something for hardcore and atmospheric music fans to lap up.
Rating: 8 out of 10