Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new album from Age of Woe titled Inhumanform, released via Give Praise Records.
1. Like Embers
2. The King of Thieves
3. The Antagonist
4. Black Rain
5. At First Light
6. Red Eyes
7. Cold Cycle
8. Rite of Passage
Here I am again with another review and this is a very special moment for me as this is the first time I will be reviewing something from Give Praise Records, which is a label that introduced me to Hardcore,Grind and Powerviolence . I have such great memories listening to gems like Soil of Ignorance, The Afternoon Gentlemen and Titanarum, and now to know that I have gotten an official promo from the label itself is indeed an honour. The very band that I will be reviewing from this label today is Age of Woe and the album is called In Human form.
Age of Woe are from Gothenburg, Sweden, a place famous for harvesting Melodic Death Metal, this band however are a different breed. The band’s sound can be described as sludge mixed with hardcore and that’s pretty much it really, not saying that that’s a bad thing. I mean the band has everything that makes up for some good sludge/hardcore, dirty guitars , massive breakdowns energetic drumming ,adding slower sections so that there is some breathing space etc. Then again I do feel that it all of it comes out sounding a little … well for the lack of a better word a little redundant. Honestly they don’t really have anything new that they can bring to the table , although they do try to at times with songs like Black Rain which add elements of funeral doom and The Antagonist,Cold Cycle and A Rite of passage which gives the band’s sound a melodic turn but these few bright moments can’t really hide that.
But then again for what it is Inhumanform is a lot of fun, if you just want to let loose without thinking too much, this would be a pretty good choice, not the best but definitely a good one.