Monday, 16 May 2016

Wrong - "Wrong" (Album Review)

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 29/04/2016
Label: Relapse Records


From the first second to the last, Wrong maintain a constant flow of gold standard, armour-piercing riffage and somehow manage to maintain this onslaught of barely restrained energy with no let-up for 30 minutes, like The Melvins being forced into playing at double speed, with a cattle prod.  This is a flawless debut from Wrong, an addictive adrenaline rush that’ll be lodged in your brain for months to come.  When the tunes are this good there is no alternative but to surrender to the power of the riff.


“Wrong” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). More Like
2). Turn In
3). Read...Erase
4). Entourage
5). Humdrum
6). Stasis
7). Mucilage
8). Fake Brain
9). Boil
10). Wrong
11). High Chair

The Review:

Everything I have read about Florida’s Wrong seems to focus on the fact that they are heavily indebted to Helmet. Fortunately for them, Helmet have somehow slipped under my radar. Regardless of whether or not you feel they lean too heavily on certain influences there is no denying the irresistible force of their killer self-titled debut LP.

From the first second to the last, Wrong maintain a constant flow of gold standard, armour-piercing riffage. The band lock into furious staccato grooves, all four members working as one relentless engine delivering molten noise rock. Blistering opener “More Like” kicks more ass in 77 seconds than most bands could dream of in their entire career. Savage stop-start riffs punctuated by Eric Hernandez’ commanding bark rain down on the listener, with unhinged leads stabbing through the racket at the song’s climax. Wrong somehow manage to maintain this onslaught of barely restrained energy with no let-up for 30 minutes, like the Melvins being forced into playing at double speed, with a cattle prod. 

Wrong boast ex-members of Torche, a band whose thunderous alchemy of all things heavy and catchy hooks is echoed throughout this album. The few tracks where the intensity dips slightly to allow Wrong’s more melodic tendencies to shine through are particularly reminiscent of Torche’s most soaring moments, the bleary haze of “High Chair” being the best example of this.  

This is a flawless debut from Wrong, an addictive adrenaline rush that’ll be lodged in your brain for months to come. Who cares if it sounds massively indebted to other bands? When the tunes are this good there is no alternative but to surrender to the power of the riff.

Wrong” is available here



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