In early February Valdosta, Georgia doom punkers Dying Whale released a monster record Last Moments Of Misery through their Bandcamp and with physical options through the always great Nefarious Industries (East Of The Wall, A Fucking Elephant, etc.).
Tracked at Earthsound in Georgia with Lee Dyess (Mayday Parade, From First to Last, I Set My Friends on Fire), and featuring vocal contributions from Rich Weinberger (Gatherers), Jeff Hill (Machinist!), Kelby Clark (Divorce Ring), Nannen Gatchell (Smiler), and Victor Skamiera (Fero Lux), this record packs a super hard punch that everyone from fans of Cancer Bats to Coliseum to early Cave In (especially “The Cloud I Hold” at the glorious :17 seconds pit starting mark) will enjoy.
Opener “Black Sky Absorbs You In” almost reminded me of Botch playing sludge punk, so obviously that is pretty fucking awesome. “Thorn Sized Wounds” has some compelling slower passages and the vocal roar really steps up a notch. I can relate to the title because I slid down a small cliff yesterday into a thorn bush, so this is giving me feels. The twelve tracks on this album are mostly around the two minute mark, with some longer ones here and there. Still, despite the somewhat shorter song duration the material is so energized and ass kicking that you feel like you got your mosh nut.
“Forged By Silver” is my favorite track, a kind of streamlined, clangy punk song that reminds me of some of the Touch & Go bands who took a more diaganol approach to life. Dying Whale have the potential to really develop into a force of nature for the scene here and I hope they really stick at it. I’d love to see them on a KEN Mode type tour or with some of the Tank Crimes bands. “The Tear Between Life And Love” sounds so unhinged but the band are tightly in unison no matter how rollicking and warped the guitar gets or
how often between tom roll crazy and rapid attack the drums alternate. I also really like how the mix is not worried about sounding like the band are hot shots and more about delivering a hot steaming cup of rock and kick drum into your skull.
The band are generally rough and rowdy over quiet, but display a keen sense of dynamics. The ominous and almost horror score/Today Is The Day outro of the awesomely titled “Dreading My Exclusion” is one of the coolest parts of an album full of dope moments. “The Reaper” and the title track almost get Turbid North heavy but Dying Whale also have a clear punk streak which makes the material sharper
and more urgent, less plodding or worried about proving they are evil metal dudes and more interested in just peeling your face off. Fans of Golden Torso, Septa or The Great Goddamn from our Halloween comp a few years ago are also encouraged to give this many a spin.