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Album Review: Muetre by Will Haven

Will Haven release their sixth full length album Muetre on 23rd March via Minus HEAD records. The band’s origins can be traced back to 1995 when they first emerged as a staple in their hometown’s storied underground. For the past two decades-plus, they’ve existed on the fringe of extreme music championing an apocalyptic amalgam of metal, noise, hardcore, and alternative all their own. Along the way, they unleashed a string of seminal and influential albums kicked off by 1997’s El Diablo and WHVN two years later. Between tours with everyone from Slipknot to Deftones, Carpe Diem proved an influential milestone in 2001, while avowed fans and scene compatriots Chino Moreno and Far’s Shaun Lopez co-produced The Hierophant during 2007. Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn assumed bass duties on the 2011 opus Voir Dire, which landed among Metal Hammer’s “Top 50 Albums of the Year.”

What you’ve got here is thirteen years of experience of heavy music distilled into 11 tracks. From the opening lead single of Hewed With The Brand through to the sludgy beast El Sol (co-written with Stephen Carpenter of Deftones), this is a heavy masterpiece. The riffs are stunning, the breakdowns throb with energy and the visceral energy breathes a pulsating vigour into proceedings.

Crucially, it’s eleven tracks of the highest order. Both ‘Winds of Change’ and ‘Kinney’ are amongst the finest heavy tracks of 2018, treading the line between metal and hardcore. The latter is especially noteworthy, coming out like a heavier, harder hitting version of the Deftones. ‘The Son’ turns things on its head with an approach footed in hardcore, Grady Avenell’s vocal shimmers with a primitive snarl while the quieter moments blend wonderfully with all out grinding riffs.

The churning riffs of ‘45’ begs to be headbanged to before the pulverising ‘No Escape’ brings in a claustrophobic feeling. The guitar and bass feel so heavy it surrounds you, building well into the third minute before the track breaks into chilling atmospherics, conjuring the sense of imminent death before slow crunching riffs ramp up the ominous feel. Wonderful stuff.

The sense of urgency to both ‘Unit K’ and ‘Ladwig No. 949’ is enthralling before ‘Bootstraps’ plays the part of creeping death soaked hardcore with aplomb. Muetre is rounded off in style with the epic duo of ‘Now in the Ashes’ and ‘El Sol’. The former has a progressive feel with some infectious riffage while the latter has the distinctive Stephen Carpenter guitar sound albeit with a considerably heavier atmosphere, it begs to be put on repeat.

AD Rating 7.75/10

 

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