Brutal Panda Records
04 March 2014
by Pete Long
If your band is called Dog Shredder, you have one of two options. 1) Keeping it, which will make people think you’re a Grindcore band that loves Beavis and Butthead. 2) Change it. That’s what Wild Throne chose to do, and Blood Maker is the first EP released since the name change.
The EP (produced by none other than Ross Robinson) starts soft with vocals accompanying the rolling drum but don’t be fooled; when everything comes together the result is electric, heavy and yet soulful. For three guys, there is an awful lot going on. A lot of credit should go to Noah Burns here, whose drums are right in the foreground, driving the songs from the get go. Bassist Jeff Johnson adds a low and threatening melody throughout most of this record.
However, this is Josh Holland’s show, both as singer and guitarist. He croons, he soars, he screams and to this versatility he brings sincerity.As impressive is his guitar work – there is technical ambition to match the frenetic, stop-start songwriting and anthemic choruses. ‘Shadow Deserts’ showcases this perfectly with its condemnatory and furious chorus contrasting with a bluesy bridge and the 80s-sounding solo. But then you could point to ‘The Wrecking Ball Unchained’ with its shrill licks punctuating Holland’s emotional vocals. Or the psychedelic solo towards the end of the title track, winding everything down for the end of this record.
The main flaw with Blood Maker is that it’s only three songs, one of which has already been released. If Wild Throne could go and record a full-length of this quality, it could see the band get quite big, quite quickly. There will always be a market for music that is both catchy and intense. On the evidence of Blood Maker, that’s Wild Throne.
Sounds Like: At the Drive In meets Mastodon
Standout Tracks: The Wrecking Ball Unchained, Shadow Deserts, Blood Maker