Metal Review – Woundvac: Woundvac

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Woundvac: Woundvac
Death Metal, Grindcore
Self-release
February 25th, 2014
Release length: 14:37
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Woundvac is a four-piece Grindcore act with some Death Metal tendencies. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, they formed in 2013 and, since then, wasted little time getting into Wallstreet Warehouse in early February. There, Jiriz-Mie Paz recorded and mastered what would be the band’s first self-titled studio outing, released later that month through Bandcamp. But is this a small sixteen minute effort a stunning display of a new band emerging?

As mentioned, Woundvac introduces a nice mixture of Death Metal and Grindcore ideas, along the lines of early Exhumed or even Carcass, but not quite as intense or dirty. The raw production values “Dwell” introduces carries a strong buzz to the guitars alongside drums that are a bit lower in volume and a bass guitar that is louder than it probably should be. Of course the typical raspy vocals and gutturals are present, though the latter often sounds like the microphone is being cupped, not to mention can tread into pig squeal territory once in a while. That last aspect also suffers the most from this kind of hollow recording that doesn’t quite have the bite you want for the genre.

“Dwell” is your standard mixture of Death Metal and Grindcore that comes through kind of robotic, while “Disgraced Convert” carries much more hostility that finds the tighter guitars coming off more like buzzsaws until around fifty seconds when the song seems to drop like a pounding fist. “Relic of the Ancient Law” starts off slow and burdensome, pushing the bass guitar forward in a very Cannibal Corpse manner. “Upon the Threshold” has more of a Hardcore touch with some Thrash Metal elements thrown in that keeps the restraint alive to the point where, if it weren’t for the gap, you could say they were linked.

While Woundvac have some good songs on here, the audio quality really holds it back. The levels are terrible between instruments and vocals and had me turning the volume down instead of up thanks to how loud the bass guitar and distortions are compared to everything else. It got to the point where, by the second spin alone, they came off more like noise than instruments, giving me a headache even though I could still discern the notes being played. The bite that should be there also seems to be missing, which is more than likely from the aforementioned audio issues. But if you enjoy your Grindcore mixed with Metal, Woundvac has been made available through their Bandcamp page as a “name your price” download. Hopefully people grabbing it chip in enough that Woundvac‘s next release will sound a little better, even by analog recording standards.

01. Dwell – 1:47
02. Perroflautas – 1:22
03. Relic of the Ancient Law – 2:34
04. Upon the Threshold – 3:20
05. Disgraced Convert – 1:26
06. Savage Kin – 1:22
07. Ragnarok – 2:45
Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

Woundvac

Digital review copy of this release provided by Woundvac.