Band Name: Wode
Album Name: Wode
Distributor/label: Broken Limbs Recordings
Distributor/label URL: http://www.brokenlimbsrecordings.net/
Buy Album [URL]: https://brokenlimbsrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-4
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/wodecult
E.T. – Bass
T.H. – Drums, Vocals
K.S. – Guitars
M.C. – Guitars, Vocals
- Death’s Edifice
- Trails of Smoke
- Cloaked in Ruin
- Spectral Sun
- Plagues of Insomnia
- Black Belief
Over the last few years, Black Metal has exploded across the United Kingdom, making it a haven for some of the most extreme of music ever concocted. The extent of this was documented in a recent film, but only a fraction of bands were featured. And I feel honoured to have discovered an up and coming band all the way from the fruitful land of Manchester, a city deeply enriched in the nation’s musical history. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Wode and their self titled debut.
With such a name, you’d probably expect a folk metal outfit, or at least a folk influenced band with plenty of catchy tunes about Viking or medieval battles. But no, Wode have delivered a healthy sum of putrefying black metal ore capable of firing the misanthropic incinerator of sorrow and apocalyptic music for many years to come.
Opening track ‘Death’s Edifice’ has an attractive groove in the strings and the double bass pedals had me thinking of many a good war themed band before enticing me into a guitar driven trance that made me feel like I was experiencing an audible demise of human existence. Second track ‘Trails of Smoke’ had me thinking of a raging fire, one possibly foretold for the church on the album cover, which strangely made me think of the Notre Dame, but I wouldn’t count on that being the idea they had when commissioning the artwork.
We then head into a galloping haze of bliss with ‘Spectral Sun’ and ‘Plagues of Insomnia’ prolong the dissection of the proverbial corpse that Wode have prepared for us in order to tell us how they will take on the world and show just how bleak times have become. The album then comes to a very satisfactory end with ‘Black Belief’ best describes as anger over a tremolo chord. Vocals were very memorable and did make me think of Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) on several occasions.
The UK is still a place full of much talent and creativity and here is another band pumping much new blood into the arteries of the black metal canon that has now graced the British metal scene. To some the apocalypse may soon be upon us, so let’s prepare ourselves in the most fun way possible with bands like Wode to tell us what might lie on the roads ahead.
Review by Demitri Levantis