REVIEW: "Misery Never Forgets" By WRISTMEETRAZOR (Mathcore)
Mathcore/Prosthetic Records/ Released Jan 18, 2019
Wristmeetrazor is one of the latest artists to take influence from the frantic noisecore of bands like Converge, Botch, and Cave-In. Loud, dissonant, and abrasive, their songs are usually short, spastic bursts of emotion and rage. Compared to other bands of their ilk, they aren’t nearly as technical. But do contain a more deliberate sense of song arrangement than most that ups the song quality without need for dizzying arrays of guitar wizardry.
The band also displays an openness to playing with melody. Mid-album track “Come On In, The Water’s Pink” plays like a shoegaze-noise rock hybrid with industrial elements and a wall of sound vibe that fills your ears. As well as trance like melodic vocals. Opener “Loathsome” is a stand out track with its hooky, dissonant riff that kicks the song off. “Xoxo (Love Letter From A Loaded Gun)” also balances out the band’s chaotic sound with hooks such as a swift groovy riff that anchors the song and a moment of off-kilter melodic singing that provides a haunting vibe amid the fury.
Wristmeetrazor is a band seething with potential. This first outing is fairly strong for an act this early into their career. They can do chaos. They can do aggressive. They can work in melody. And their song arrangements are solid. Now if they can work in more memorable “hooks” like catchy groove riffs and unexpected melodic sections as stated in the highlighted songs above, they’ll become a stronger stand out. But for a first shot, the band has made a solid first impression.