Old Wounds

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Glow

Since their last full-length, The Suf­fer­ing Spirit, Old Wounds’ sonic reach has lin­gered far be­yond the prospect of metalcore re­vival­ism. While the group still es­teem the chug­ging pace and ur­gency of dis­so­nant metal­lic hard­core, Glow is a cul­ti­vated ef­fort that puts cho­rus, melody and song struc­ture at the helm. Open­ing cuts “Your God v. Their God” and “Stripes” sound like Davey Ha­vok fronting Choke­hold, or later Eigh­teen Vi­sions ma­te­rial be­fore their ini­tial hia­tus. To be frank, metalcore mu­sic just doesn’t sound this dar­ing and sin­cere any­more. Ex­alt gui­tarist Ben Waugh and vo­cal­ist Kevin Iava­roni’s chem­istry finds new heights in Old Wounds’ reper­toire, with­out alien­at­ing young ears lust­ing for a good break­down or older lis­ten­ers who thrive on the Van­ity- es­que melodies of “To Kill For.” Old Wounds also lean to out­right goth rev­er­ence on sev­eral Glow tracks. The omi­nous in­ter­lude “Sur­gi­cal Dream” fol­lows a doomy tempo, and the in­dus­trial affin­ity of “…Vanilla Filth…” and “Beauty Mark” make for a jar­ring and en­dear­ing lis­tener ex­pe­ri­ence. While in­stances of “Failed De­sign” feel like Iava­roni and guest vo­cal­ist Chris Cerulli (of Mo­tion­less in White) are slur­ring their way through Trustkill Records riffs, “No One Lis­tens When You Fall Apart” con­cludes the al­bum like lounge mu­sic for screamo en­thu­si­asts. Glow is hard, emo­tional mu­sic for the young and the old, the mosh­ers and the criers, and finds Old Wounds at their most tem­pered and the­atri­cal thus far. (Good Fight)

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