Hardcore heroes unite for some good old-fashioned fury.
Label: 6131 Records
Released: 27th May 2016
Sparks are flying from end to end of the American political spectrum right now, and in the midst of disillusion and discordance, Hesitation Wounds’ debut album pours a jerrycan of petrol all over those sparks.
Spawned from an impulsive writing session between members of Touché Amoré, The Hope Conspiracy, Trap Them and Slipknot, this is a meeting of furious minds with a fair few bile-fuelled words to say about a smattering of socio-political concerns.
As they stray into moodier alt-metal territory on ‘New Abuse’, before nosediving briefly into crust-riddled grindcore on ‘All We Know’, Hesitation Wounds take a big red paintbrush to the aggro-punk profile that’s sketched out over the first three songs. ‘Ends (Pt. 1)’ shows each member at the peak of their powers, before its latter half ushers in anguished and meticulous melodies.
The bulk of ‘Awake For Everything’ slams with red-raw aggression and seethes with political venom, but it’s the sporadic, more daring moments that makes Hesitation Wounds less of a flash-in-the-pan side-project and more of a fully-functional war machine. Danny Randon