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WAIT – The End of Noise

The End of Noise
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 27 January 2022, 9:30 AM

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, is Progressive Metal band WAIT. Formed in 2011, the name is an acronym for “We Are in Transit.” Without a press release in their EPK, this is another album that we are going to have to let the music do the talking. “The End of Noise” is their debut full-length, and contains seven tracks.

“Half Funeral” leads off the album. It opens with heavy guitar and drum thuds and some serious string bending. The instrumental features some eerie background noises but the main riff isn’t very adventurous. However, some harmonized clean vocals come in towards the end and they contrast well with the heavy music. “Earth’s Last Orbit” begins with another heavy and partially dissonant riff. The clean vocals seem a bit odd when compared to the music, but somehow it works. Harsh vocals however make a bit more sense. The Progressive elements are very subtle.

“Lone Presence Supreme” is a nine-minute beast, lumbering forward with a weighted riff and some background ambiance. The chord progressions are odd and I suppose this is one of the definitions of Progressive music. “Reverie” opens with another heavy riff and guitar solo. There are again some Progressive elements woven within the riffs here, but overall the music is quite linear in nature. “I Climb Downhill” is a faster-moving track with staccato attacks in the guitars and vocals. The band flexes some musicianship here with some shifting but these moments are fairly short lived. “The End of Noise” begins with clean tones but descends to grungy thuds from there. The vocals transition to harsh utterances and back to harmonic cleans but again the music really just doesn’t keep up well. The guitar solo section offers something a bit different, with bouncy, jovial tones, but where it fits in with the song is what I question.

“A Path to Travel” closes the album. It opens with clean guitars and doleful vocals. The harsh vocals rage in two different styles but the droning music continues. Maybe I am a bit off, but I am getting a little ALICE IN CHAINS vibe here with the vocals and the music. Updated, surely, but still with the droning style without much shifting. What I have the biggest problem with here is the lack of dynamism. The seven songs take on a common theme, and there isn’t much variation or really anything to get excited about.

Songwriting: 3
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 3
Production: 8

2 Star Rating

1. Half Funeral
2. Earth's Last Orbit
3. Lone Presence Supreme
4. Reverie
5. I Climb Downhill
6. The End of Noise
7. A Path to Travel
Alex Weber – Bass
Charlie Eron – Guitars
Max Phelps – Vocals
Record Label: The Artisan Era


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