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Album Review: Rust on the Gates of Heaven by Wear Your Wounds

Wear Your Wounds release their second album Rust on the Gates of Heaven on 12th July via Deathwish Inc. Initially conceived as a solo project by Converge founder Jacob Bannon, Wear Your Wounds developed into a core five piece and this is the result of them all writing and recording together for the first time. If you expected something good, be prepared to be blown away.

Bannon is joined by Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth, Unraveller, etc), Adam McGrath (Cave In, Nomad Stones, etc), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed, ex-Kid Cudi), and Chris Maggio (ex-Trap Them, ex-Sleigh Bells, etc) with Ben Chisholm (Chelsea Wolfe, White Horse) and Gared O’Donnell (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Hawks and Doves) collaborating throughout.

If you’ve managed to miss out on Wear Your Wounds, we advise you to go and check out 2017s WYW – it’s a near perfect hour of post-rock. This record retains the overall sound of WYW adds an extra edge and lashings of textures and atmosphere. From the instrumental opener ‘Mercifully’ you get impression that this might be something special, then it’s confirmed with the wonderfully fragile and emotional title track and the off kilter jaggedy ‘Paper Panther’.

The second half of ‘Tomorrow’s Sorrow’ is a joy with churning post-metal riffs setting up the soaring guitar work and hardcore-lite finish superbly. It’s about five songs in one and will surprise you at every turn, glorious. The devastatingly heavy guitar of ‘Brittle Pillar’ throb with aggression and bitterness before the track soars into post-metal atmospherics. The first two minutes of ‘Truth is a Lonely Word’ is a different beast entirely with piano focus, but as it develops into type is solidifies the sense that this a record that connects with the listener in an ethereal and primal way. The kind of record that gets your hair standing on end.

New single ‘Rainbow Fades’ gives you a perfect intro to the feel of the album and as one of the quieter tracks on the album, it sits here perfectly. Following track ‘Love In Peril’ couldn’t be any more emotionally wrought. The abrasive guitar work plays the perfect accompaniment to Bannon’s gentle vocal before the soaring and chilling post-metal guitar work comes into play and sends more of those chills down your spine. ‘Lurking Shadow’ and ‘Shrinking Violet’ are close to perfection with the former letting vocal work convey the tenderness and the latter letting the music do the talking with a sonically diverse and stretched landscape. ‘Mercilessly’ closes the album as an antithesis of the opener and confirms you’ve just listened to one of 2019’s best albums.

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