Despite that this is mostly a skramz blog, in the last couple of weeks I have been getting requests from various genres, which you can actually see if you scroll down a bit and there is a lot more left to be posted. Don't really know how it got to that, I'll consider it a compliment or something. It has been quite a while now since I posted some screamo, so it is time to go back to the roots.
This will definitely be a short writeup, since this release has been around for a while now and there is no need for me to be all philosophical about it. It is already up on a lot of blogs, but Brian from this band asked me to post this here and I'm happy to do so. "For Want Of" is a four piece project from Austin, Texas playing thrash-fused screamo. They have been playing together for two years now and this is their first release, containing four songs with roughly seven minutes of tunes. Yes, this is quite a "fast" record, so much in fact that you have a feeling that you are listening to one song instead of four. The tracks are very well connected, which gives you the feel of continuity and constant aggressiveness.
A lot of people have been associating "For Want Of" with "Hot Cross", the best way to describe their tunes would definitely be "an angry version of Hot Cross". This comparison is definitely not a bad thing, since when you think about it, if HC had a release like this one they would absolutely have more "fans". I'd also add "Wolves" to the basket with influences for this project, several times while listening to this st you can sense some chest pounding melodies like this legendary band had. Of course, being together for two years allowed "For Want Of" to dress all of that into a suit of their own. I really enjoyed hearing three members being on vocals, which very much adds to the overall chaos, as well as the fact that there is literally no stopping for this band, their songs a constant rush and just charge from start to finish. The last song "The Orchestrated Decay of Self Sufficiency" is an excellent example of that (and the whole record actually is), a three minute song that is just flowing with speed and melody change, a track you listen to in one breath.
Overall, definitely a project worth keeping an eye out for. Brian told me that they are doing a tour in the Midwest USA with The Reptilian this December, so if some of you lucky bastards get a chance to see them, do so. You can also get in touch with them here. Hopefully it won't be too long until they release some new material, but until then enjoy this excellent seven inch!