White Widows Pact True Will
Published Oct 14, 2015When Carcass melo-ed out with 1993's Heartwork, the grind of their early work faded away. Fortunately, Brooklyn's White Widows Pact keep the deadly melodies of the British extremists' latter work, but trade in bombast for hardcore and groovy Southern sensibilities they must have picked up on a tour through New Orleans.
It's the kind of thing that doesn't make much sense on paper, but in execution it does — mostly. Opener "Landlord" and the blast beat-addled "Undertaker" are both ferocious, while album highlight "No Exit" plays with the darkness of bands like Tragedy before a breakdown leads to tinges of '90s metalcore, a ripping solo and a melodic death metal outro.
There's nothing inherently wrong with True Will, but it's what it could have been that makes the listen slightly frustrating. The album feels like they simply dipped their feet in NOLA sludge, instead of submerging themselves in its filth; this is Eyedislikegod when it should be Eyehategod. There's nothing wrong with dabbling in influences, but when there's so much hard work put into the Heartwork and hardcore, it makes you wonder what would happen if sludge was given the same amount of attention. (New Damage)