Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - Eco-con­scious black/crust crew scrape the bar­rel of hu­man­ity CH­ERYL CARTER

Black­ened crust is the order of the day on Wild­speaker’s sec­ond full-length, the Texan quin­tet bring­ing a rau­cous en­ergy to an al­bum ex­tols the virtues of the nat­u­ral world while con­demn­ing hu­man­ity. Vo­cal­ist Natalie Ka­han slices her way through the rub­ble with ra­zor-sharp pre­ci­sion while the gui­tars pulse with spite. Ap­par­ent

Death strikes with thun­der­ous rage be­fore the ti­tle track turns with a step up in pace and fury. False Mourn­ing car­ries a sor­row-filled guitar line hidden be­neath Ka­han’s voice, al­low­ing the band to show­case an­other side to their anger, which also shows through the melan­choly branches of clos­ing track Re­newal. A much more sub­dued af­fair, the track is beau­ti­ful in its de­spair and Wild­speaker mourn the rav­ages of time with shim­mer­ing gui­tars and grief-stricken in­flec­tions that con­trast wildly to the be­gin­nings of the record, but sync won­der­fully with the mes­sage be­hind it: hu­man­ity is trash but the world can be beau­ti­ful.

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