Barren Womb – ‘Old Money/New Lows’ (Spartan Records/Loyal Blood Records) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:00

Barren Womb artwork‘Old Money/New Lows’ is the forthcoming fourth release by Barren Womb, a Scandinavian hard rock/noise outfit.


From the outset, there is a definite sense of Mike Patton in the album, with a mix of his various projects, which is hardly a bad aim for someone to try for. Mixing in a fair amount of hardcore punk into their sound aids this, as although the vocals do not have even close to the range of Mike, it's still a fairly effective style. What does surprise me is that it is a vox/drums and vox/guitar duo, as there seems to be a bit more depth at times than I would expect from only having two members.


I read a comparison about Barren Womb by a Norwegian band named Vince (quoted by MetalSucks), who said they're a punkier version of Kvelertak. This kind of fits in with this release, though I would say a lot more hardcore than straightforward punk. There are also the noise-rock elements to it though, with ‘Mystery Meat’ and a couple of being more like a Kadavar release. It's quite interesting how the two sides of their sound contrast each other, yet do not push too far past the other to alienate those either in-between or stood by one end of their personal spectrum.


The album does occasionally drift off into itself, with ‘Mad 187 Skills’ possibly dragging on a bit longer than maybe it could have, but this is an exception to the rule, rather than being a common issue. I have to admit, it took a few listens through to properly get the record, as at first, it can come across a touch abrasive. The fun can be hidden at times, and it is definitely one you need to be in a certain mindset to fully appreciate.



Both sets of vocals are rough, though not growls or such, which again fits the general vibe from the album, this plus their low-fi sound works quite well in tandem, giving that slightly rawer edge to it that keeps it going. For me, this is down to the production being perfect for the product, as it's not too clean, which would destroy what Barren Womb are trying to get across, yet not too rough to appear either shoddy or a rushed or underproduced effort.


Overall, it's definitely worth a listen or two, as it probably will grow on you if you have any interest in hardcore or something with more than a hint of anger about it. The sound is fuller than I'd expect from a duo, and mastered very well, so as to properly encapsulate what the band want to put across.


FFO Mike Patton, At The Drive In, Dillinger Escape Plan, Royal Blood.


‘Old Money/New Lows’ is released this Friday (16th February). You can get your copy HERE.


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