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Rating:
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Age Of Woe - Inhumanform
31 May 2013


01. Like Embers
02. The King Of Thieves
03. The Antagonist
04. Black Rain
05. At First Light
06. Red Eyes
07. Cold Cycle
08. A Rite Of Passage


"Organically recorded hardcore-inspired metal somewhere between Entombed and Converge". This isn't only how Age Of Woe describes themselves but also a great start point for everyone to pay attention to this album. Their music is as natural and direct as the way I discovered them : Free gig at the bar, beer in hand and some violent music. At the end of the night introductions were made and hands were shaken. No bullshit music for no bullshit people.

What this swedish band shows us with their debut is a brand of death metal with lots of groove-fueled hooks and influences from the D-beat/crust scene that is just as vibrant in Sweden as the death metal one. The catchy soloing provides some of the fun-factor typical of the death 'n' roll sound while the powerful riffs together with the great production produces a heavy sound which is particularly notorious once they slow things down, almost achieving a doomy-vibe every once in a while (the later half of "Black Rain" being a fine example of that). Both the bass and drums serve as the main backbone with the later being very variable throughout the whole album and responsible for most of the D-beat influences. The main vocals are reminiscent of L-G Petrov (from Entombed) but lower and more agressive in their approach with some backing hardcore screams that chime in at the right moments.

Being barely 3 years old and with only an EP previous to Inhumanform, Age Of Woe gives us a solid debut that definitely raises some expectations to what they will do next.

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Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Age Of Woe
Album: Inhumanform


 


written by Mr. Doctor | 23.08.2013



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!J.O.O.E.! - 23.08.2013 at 22:32  
Beer in hand? You sure it wasn't a perry with a strawberry in

Album sounds interesting. Might give it a whirl.
PocketMetal - 23.08.2013 at 22:43  
I was the first to review this album , months ago
I agree with the score , this music is tasty ... but kinda forgettable. still I enjoy it from time to time.
Boxcar Willy - 24.08.2013 at 04:15  
Entombed and Converge?

I'm hard.
SuicidalCyco - 27.08.2013 at 03:01  
Definitely sounds like something worth checking out. Especially if it sounds anything like
Entombed.

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