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Neck Of The Woods - The Passenger

Neck Of The Woods - The Passenger

Label : Basick Records | Archive under death metal / grindcore

Release type: Full-length CD

Job : Neck of the Woods hails from Vancouver, Canada and plays a style that mostly reminds me of melodic-era The Faceless (aka ‘Autotheism’ The Faceless), Black Crown Initiate and to a lesser extent Between the Buried and Me, albeit never as imposing as that trifecta of technicality. It’s all melodic deathcore / progressive death metal on ‘The Passenger’ and while it’s a lot more interesting than 80% of modern –core around right now, it’s all a bit “look at us being all technical”. A song like ‘Face of the Villain’ is the only one that stands out to me, but more so because of the groove that’s so absent throughout the rest of the album. Luckily, songs aren’t overly long, but in this case that results in songs melting into each other and I had a lot of trouble finding memorable moments after multiple spins. One last aspect that leaves a lot to be desired is the production; the mixing sounds rushed and a lot of the intricacies of the no doubt amazing playing get lost in the mesh of all the instruments fighting for attention. Missed opportunities, unused potential.

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