Band – Wayfarer
Album – World’s Blood
Country of Origin – USA
Genre – Black Metal
Release Date – May 15, 2018
Label – Profound Lore Records
Author – Hayduke X
Across a blistering landscape, the man walked…stumbled really, haunted by the visions he saw. He was a Memory Keeper, one of the last remaining lifeforms on the planet. He could no longer remember what he had done to be punished in this way, for it was not his own memories he kept, but rather the collective memories of that vile creature known as humanity. Whatever he had done, it must have been horrifying to deserve this.
Based in Denver, atmospheric black metal quartet Wayfarer are on a standard pace of a release every two years, starting with their 2012 demo. The rest have been full length releases, making this their third long form release. It is often said that quality is better than quantity. While I’m not sure that is always true, in this case, it is pretty clear that the band has created something special. Albums such as this remind me why it’s not prudent to write off anything with the ‘atmospheric’ tag. I too often find ‘atmospheric’ music boring. Those who truly excel at creating atmosphere, however, make it immersive, mandatory, and potent.
For the moment he was lucid, the dreams giving him a brief respite. Surveying the landscape, he saw the stunted remains of trees, with nothing but sharp rubble and rock in between each withered trunk. No sun was in sight, though there was a general, diffuse glow behind the thick haze of atmosphere that moved above and around him, enveloping him, then leaving him with each blast of fetid wind. Those like him, stumbling around in a misty half life, were the only life left, sustained by no law of physics or biology, but rather by the final hatred of the earth itself, revenge upon those most to blame.
The project is made up of Isaac Faulk on drums, Shane McCarthy on guitars, Jamie Hansen on bass and vocals, and Joey Truscelli on guitars. I find it hard to pin down the strengths of each, as I get so immersed in the whole of the album. The musicianship as a whole is stellar, but World’s Blood is so much more about the whole than about any individual performance. The album is emotionally heavy, bleak to the point of hopelessness, and yet remains powerfully beautiful. Nearly hidden dissonance interweaves with bell-like tones and the vicious hammering of the drums, with well placed blasts of vocal vitriol to take you to a world apart. The pain of the album is shattering with each listen.
He could feel them coming again. Soon he would be back at formation of the world, the entire fated journey of destruction fated to roll across his vision until the disease of humanity once again hammered in the final coffin nail. With one last look down at his shredded, bloody feet, he groaned, rose, and began his eternal death march again.
Recommendation – A contender. Watch for where this falls on my year end.
Rating – 5/5
Biography: Hayduke X has been writing for MoshPitNation since June of 2016. Prior to joining the MoshPitNation team, Hayduke published reviews on his own blog Rage and Frustration. In addition, he has DJ’ed an online metal radio show of the same name as his blog, written for TOmetal.com, done interviews for Metal Rules, and collaborated with The Art of B productions to create video interviews with a wide variety of bands.