Say what you want, but I think Ross Robinson knows how to pick ‘em. I’m not even talking about his arguably best celebrated releases with Korn, Slipknot and, cough, Limp Bizkit… but even artists he has worked with like The Blood Brothers, Amen,Tech N9ne and Glassjaw. Robinson knows how to get overpowering performances and the coolest sounds many of his artists ever get in the studio. He knows talent that will potentially turn heads.
So here we are. Bellingham, WA progressive rock/metal trio WILD THRONE (formerly known as Dog Shredder) emerge with their debut EP, Blood Maker. I don’t know how much the songwriting here was affected by Ross, but the group are very exciting and the performances incredibly inspired. From the lonely rolling drums of “The Wrecking Ball Unchained” that tumble in at the EP’s start until vocalist/guitarist Josh Holland’s melodic voice sails in with a certain almost Celtic sounding flair. The band soar at times like Muse or Fair to Midland on a dirtier kick and it fucking rules. “Shadow Deserts” is a triumph of alien textures married to the snap of post-hardcore, rapid fire percussive riffs and sing along soul power.
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These songs surge with a similar electricity and conviction heard on At The Drive In’s Relationship of Command, just unbridled brash but SMART raging. The music is more linear than, say, Mars Volta but has a thread of progressive looseness blurring in and out of pretty rockin’ hard rock, beefy riffs that sound like Scorpion Child had tea with the more “Wolf Is Loose” side of Mastodon, galloping drums and all. This kind of non-beholden to genre ecstatic sense of ownership of one’s own creative sound is what will keep music alive. Kudos to these fuckers. By the time “Blood Maker” and the EP itself comes to an end after a stove hot guitar solo, you will likely be a firm believer.