For my personal joy this metalcore band called Wrong Way To Die, a 4-piece lineup coming from Padova, Italy, stands on the more arrangement\riff oriented side of hardcore instead of that of neverending breakdowns. To be honest, there are actually almost no breakdowns at all.
The LP Ingrates is their official debut work after some changes in lineup and style.
The band has a broad palette of influences ranging from metal to prog rock, they mention for instance Misery Signals, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Periphery, Architects, and Porcupine Tree.
Their formula is quite fresh: guitars aren’t tuned way too low, gain is tamed, and the varied, original riffing alternating chugging and death-school tremolos to melodic chording and licks provides good contrast in register. It doesn’t end with dirty riffs, as frequent clean breaks give an atmospheric ambient mood.
Overall, there is a nice balance between heavy riffing and melodic development, and dynamics are never forgotten. With a bit of a stretch, a “progressive” shade could be seen in this work.
The album is well executed by the entire instrumentation, and the singer Cosma adds the icing to the cake with his powerful dirty vocal department.
I would select three tracks out of the LP, in this particular order: Withering Decay would be my standout one. A very well arranged track with nice dynamics, summing up in my opinion all the elements in WWTD’s music.
Coin Toss could feel – sort to speak – as the more “experimental” track of the bunch. In the intro, a background droning guitar sustains a section of clean arpeggios and a relentless drum groove. I feel like swimming into an abyss. Melodic openings let the song breathe, there is good variety of moods and even a slight vocal rapping to complement the instrumental’s accents displacement, which adds an original touch.
Closing my selection up, Hard to Believe is another well arranged dynamic track, more straightforward hence with a bit more catchiness to it.
To conclude, I think the band managed to obtain the soundscapes they had In mind.
I’m satisfied, finally something original under a label that usually thrives caged in its self-imposed limitations. A breath of fresh air in its own way.
If I really had to say something I’d say some solos could have spiced up the work a little. But having solos is a matter of choices, and they probably have ruined the drive and flow of the songs, who knows.
In addition, some vocal variety could help covering a wider spectrum of feelings. Maybe a couple of cleans, just to change the pace? I would also easily see some spoken word here and there to complement the mood. This would obviously change the full-intensity present regime, but it’s just a thought.
A little critique: Cosma is a great screamer but I think the lyrics would really benefit from a better intelligibility in his vocals. Given that I love low-but-clear hardcore screamers as for example Winston McCall from Parkway Drive, I really see potential in Cosma.
A really good work WWTD, keep it up!
01 On Drugs
03 Heartless Chests
04 At Dusk
05 Withering Decay
07 Hard To Believe
08 Coin Toss