Wednesday, 10 August 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Weekend Nachos - "Apology"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 20/05/2016
Label: Full Length


The passage of time has done nothing to calm Weekend Nachos. There may be moments where they explore more melodic avenues but for the most part “Apology” is a shot of high-octane, feedback-riddled rage. The band’s unique blend of hardcore and powerviolence with a weakness for punishing sludge riffs is as potent as ever. “Apology” is a fine swansong for Weekend Nachos. It provides an effective reminder of the band’s devastating power while offering a tantalising glimpse of what might have been.

“Apology” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). 2015
2). Dust
3). Fake Political Song
4). All
5). Judged
6). Dog Shit Slave
7). Writhe
8). N.A.R.C
9). POW MIA
10). World Genocide
11). Eulogy
12). Night Plans
13). Apology

The Review:

“Apology” is a bitter-sweet release from Weekend Nachos. The Illinois quartet have decided to call it a day after twelve years of fury but not before releasing this bile-soaked missive.

The passage of time has done nothing to calm Weekend Nachos. There may be moments where they explore more melodic avenues but for the most part “Apology” is a shot of high-octane, feedback-riddled rage. The band’s unique blend of hardcore and powerviolence with a weakness for punishing sludge riffs is as potent as ever. Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, shows up to add his bark to the breakneck “Dust”. Elsewhere the band vent their anger at the state of the world and poisonous friendships.

Most surprising is the epic ten minute title track. A sprawling, snail-paced instrumental reminiscent of label-mates Primitive Man’s more subdued moments, it sits crushing doom riffs either side of an unexpected sparse piano centrepiece. This central section evokes a haunting menace that makes the thunderous finale all the more effective when the full band rumble back into play. The track provides an appropriately grand finale for 

Apology” but also shows that the band were still a strong creative force. It’s a shame this is the end of the road as it would’ve been interesting to see them go further down this path and integrate these more exploratory sounds with their usual primal attack.

“Apology” is a fine swansong for Weekend Nachos. It provides an effective reminder of the band’s devastating power while offering a tantalising glimpse of what might have been.

“Apology” is available here



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RIYL: Nails, Trap Them, Dead in the Dirt, Napalm Death

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