Album Review: We Are Killing Ourselves – The Road of Awareness
[Our new team addition, 'Danimal or Buffalo' from New Zealand - which means you can call him a kiwi - drops in today with his second album review, after he first reviewed Dawn of the Sociopath of Portugal's Echidna. He stays in Portugal for now, as he continues with a influence-rich piece of Groove Metal by We Are Killing Ourselves, a.k.a. W.A.K.O. Very much worth your time!]
Band: We Are Killing Ourselves
Album: The Road of Awareness (2011)
Genre: Death-Thrash / Groove Metal
Yet again Portugal surprises me. We Are Killing Ourselves have produced a bone cruncher of an album, titled The Road of Awareness. This album surprised me with all sorts of elements shining through, from slow crunching chug Metalcore style to fast palm mutes and big sounding lead solos. It all passes by in a matter of seconds.
Kicking off straight away, there’s great variety in the vocals, ranging from pig squeals to old-school Pantera-like vocals, accompanied by effects added onto the voice in some songs such as Coronation of Existence. To me it seems as if the guitar just needs that extra bit more crunch, it seems to be a bit too clean throughout the album. It doesn’t make any difference to how good and strong the riffs and lead solos are though, and it still makes for a very heavy album.
This album grabbed my attention in a few ways. Mainly that’s the drummer and his ability to jump around that kit like he had eight arms and the way he is doing broken beats. I kinda found myself listening to him a lot during the course of songs such as Extispicium (which I will go into more depth on later in this review). As I was sitting and listening whilst smoking a Benson & Hedges,
I found my feet and head moving more and more. As I got to listen to it a few times, this band really sunk in and all was great, with great progressions on the intros, into big hard hitting rhythms with nice cymbal work such as in The shape of perfection.
With the length of the longest tracks being over six min’s long and the shortest not much short of four min’s and with ten tracks in total, you won’t be lost for length. This album is defiantly great if you’re just kicking back, but also great I found whilst driving to work. Ten songs that, all with their own kinda feel to them and great variety, would probably suit most Metalheads out there.
Extispicium. What can I say? It was a very good track with an intro that just rolls around the drum kits like crazy with an almost machine gun-like snare and quick licks on the axe. It moves into big slow brutal hits back to quick licks almost instantly, the lead guitar pulls a nice solo out. You can almost hear melody in some parts, as the singer blasts out some melodic almost-lyrics and then almost instantly reverts back to his long deep heavy screams. With good strum variety and great drumming, this was for sure my preferred pick from the track list. Nice and aggressive!
Also be sure to check out Ship of Fools. This song is well worth your time. It has effects added in with the hard crunching metal chugs. It has a dark feel and you can tell it was written in aggression. I enjoyed every single note of this song. In fact, it almost took me back to 1996, listening to Vulgar Display of Power and Tool’s Aenima. Again nice changes throughout and a very well put together piece of music.
I would recommend this album for those who enjoy a bit of an old-school feeling in their new-school Metal. It’s a great album from go to whoa, with the drummer really showing in this. It’s a very well-produced album with great mastering and you can tell the band have spent a lot of time on this album. And not only that; their writing efforts have been done justice, with this band having a strong lead guitar, a very strong vocalist and a drummer who I really really rate. With all that said, I think anybody who listens to any sort of Metal should check this album out and not give it a miss. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
My Grade: 7/10
Buy this when:
- you like a bit of classic sounding chugging crunch
- you like things almost machine-like