Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Shaving the Werewolf: 'The Pissing Link' EP Review



So what exactly are Shaving the Werewolf? This is a very marmite band - experimental throughout. Each song very distinctly different. There's a raw energy with what's going on, though it may be considered sloppy or boldly back to the roots of live music at times. I could say there's an air of punk, thrash metal, black metal, grindcore, industrial and more at work here but it would miss the point and probably be misleading. Fact remains that there is something very experimental at work here. I feel it's actually best to go into each song differently to reflect the versatile nature of The Pissing Link EP.

"Death of the Dying Corpses of Death" gives a journey of industrial strength to brutal energy recalling things like Wumpscut but before the song is done there's a bit of groove and atmosphere. First half of the song could be a completely different song when compared to the last half. "Earth Song" shows a bit more metal to it and feels harder and more aggressive but it is equally a song of sections. Also adding some atmospheric moments that make it sound like the song is breaking. "Earth Song" is a bold song but less memorable and not nearly as bold as "Do Mind If I Don't", the EP's third track. Showing some rather strange clean vocals "Do Mind If I Don't" runs the risk of being just plain annoying. Ironically, this would be the 'instrumental' track on most EPs and doesn't function to be anything that you'd return to for the core heart of the band. "The Pissing Link" the title track is actually the most traditional song on the EP and fights with "Death of the Dying Corpses of Death" as their best song on the EP.


This is such an interesting EP that it is hard to know quite what to make of it at times. If you like things like Punk or Thrash or generally things that are quite original then this EP may well be one of your favourites for a while. However, if you prefer things to be a bit more traditional then steer clear, this wont necessarily be for you – though you'll probably remember them!



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