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YOUNG AND IN THE WAY

When Life Comes To Death

Release:  27.05.2014

Label:  Deathwish Inc.

Avantgenre:  Depressive Black Hardcore Crust

Duration:  46:20

Origin:  USA

Official site:  http://youngandintheway.bandcamp.com/

Review online since:  01.11.2014 / 10:51:57

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Holy motherloving shit and three fuck yeahs, what in godís name in this? Even at low volumes, this album's kickoff always takes me by surprise with the way Young And In The Wayís shouter spits his hatred for all living happy things. The presentation is so filthy and accursed that I find myself afraid of catching a disease so vile that it would make Ebola feel like an uncomfortable, but by no means lethal, rectal flareup.

Before I even realize what the hell is going on, a ridiculously groovy and heavy riff comes crushing over me. It's the kind of riff you've heard played ad nauseam throughout the past 20 years of metal history but somehow sounds incredibly fresh and, ironically (first lines read: "When Liiiiiiiiiife Comes To Death!"), enlivening. The riff takes possession of the listener and makes you feel like you've magically acquired the ability to single-handedly (footedly?) kick a 30-meter-tall castle gate out off its hinges. It's a relentless melange of black metal, hardcore and crust to which more and more ingredients are added as the album progresses.

You see, Young and in the Way are not just brutal vandals out to hack away at your civilized ways with a rusty ax. For example, the opener fades out with a down-tempo piano melody with a mass-like atmosphere, creating a stark contrast to the sonic shelling the listener is exposed to during the majority of the albumís playtime and further amplifying its voracious brutality.

Songs like Self Inflicted, Shadow of a Murder or the almost 10-minute epic, Embrace Extinction are worth paying attention to because of their tasteful dynamics that prevent the album from becoming bland, overbearing or too simplistic and vulgar.

But itís the songs like Fuck this Life where the album shines the most. There is a viciousness to the vocals that makes me want to grab a cobra by its neck and juice its venom right into my throat, hysterically laughing like a maniac before slowly feeling the blood coagulate in my arteries and capillaries. Or to subject myself to any other sort of dreadful, agonizing, dirty death for that matter. It is the authenticity of the musicians and the emotions they put on display that makes this crusty gem stand out from the crowd.

If you need something that's straight up violent and ferocious but with an aesthetic twist, this is a release you cannot afford to miss.

David



TRACKLIST:

01 - Betrayed By Light
02 - Fuck This Life
03 - Be My Blood
04 - Self Inflicted
05 - Loved And Unwanted
06 - We Are Nothing
07 - Final Dose
08 - Weep In My Dust
09 - Take My Hand
10 - Shadow Of A Murder
11 - Embrace Extinction

 

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