Published May 25, 2016Hesitation Wounds boast some impressive musical resumes, with members of Touché Amoré, Slipknot, the Hope Conspiracy and Trap Them filling their ranks. On their debut full-length Awake For Everything, they live up to the expectations placed on them as a heavy music super group by expanding on the sound they established on their self-titled EP.
The album finds much of its strength in pacing, alternating between moments of sour, atmospheric dissonance and furious energy, often within the same song. "New Abuse" adds layers of echoing melody atop a single haunting, cyclical riff, carrying on at a measured pace before dropping into the feral blast beats of "All We Know." It's in these moments of contrast that Hesitation Wounds' many influences are most apparent, as on "Guthrie," where the band balance weight and melody with rich chords and Jeremy Bolm's unrelenting screams — which fit well here, showcasing his capability for aggression and range beyond his work in Touché Amoré.
Awake For Everything is a well-rounded set of songs that successfully combines the individual talents of Hesitation Wounds into a captivating, refreshing and complex listen from start to finish. (6131)