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Donnie Willow – Inhale. Exhale.

Donnie Willow – Inhale. Exhale.

★★★★

Donnie Willow – Inhale. Exhale.

Donnie Willow adopt a fearless attitude and run with it as far as their six legs will carry them.

Label: Self-released
Released: 4th March 2016

Rating: ★★★★

If you miss pre-‘Puzzle’ era Biffy Clyro then Glaswegian trio Donnie Willow are almost certainly going to float your proverbial boat. To compare Scottish bands to the almighty Biff is a pretty tiresome comparison in 2016, but this is more than just a relation based on accent and a hunger for stunning riffs; this runs deep.

Donnie Willow’s debut mini-album displays little by the way of restriction. It boasts angular guitar licks and seemingly bonkers time signatures on songs like the monstrous ‘Jagged Teeth’, it offers up dynamic juxtaposition on every single track and doesn’t begrudge the audience a pleasant concept with the enveloping of the record with the paired title tracks, ‘Inhale’ and ‘Exhale’.

In the same way you’re not going to get just one riff on a ‘Master Of Puppets’ track, Donnie Willow aren’t going to be simplistic enough to try just one idea per song, or even two. The sheer range of instrumentation is abrasive and awesome. You’re torn from an uncompromising visceral display before dropped into a wholly tranquil ambience and then thrown back again. It’s not an easy listen, but who wants that?

And that is the reason behind the initial relation posed. It’s not an aping of a contemporary giant, it’s a realisation and channelling of everything great about them. Donnie Willow adopt a fearless attitude and run with it as far as their six legs will carry them. If they can crack a beaming chorus, they could be unstoppable. Jack Glasscock

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