“WISDOM THROUGH AGONY INTO ILLUMINATION AND LUNACY” FULL-LENGTH
AHDISTUKSEN AIHIO (MARCH 2011)
For those of you unfamiliar with W.A.I.L. this is not a new album but a re-release of their 2009 vinyl only debut. Things start slowly on W.A.I.L.’s debut album. Only vocals, no campfire, no nature sound, only vocals.
Then enter the other three members of this depressed quartet with all their racket. Things heat up and within minutes things are driven overboard with the screeching guitars. The guitars and the quite varied drumming create atmospheres here that open the gates to unhealthy contemplations.
Musically W.A.I.L. is all over the place. There’s a little bit of the black, the death and the doom. They go from being somber to being upbeat and a bit stoner in a matter of seconds but the rough vocals and the general atmosphere hold things back. The threat of this album becoming anything but a trigger for depression is never there.
Somehow, in the instances of upbeat-ness I talk about, there’s this feeling that there’s a bit of dry Finnish humor lying underneath. That Vodka & shotgun humor clad up in a chainsaw guitar tone harking back to the best of the Finnish/Swedish scene.
As the albums draws to an end everything’s put out there! It’s a firesale and everything must go! Guitars! Violins! Guitar solos! Violin solos? Could it be? As the end is nigh things relax and people become less agitated. W.A.I.L. drifts slowly away in doomy gloom.
ORIGINALLY POSTED 2.MARCH 2011.