|Whores - 'Ruiner' (Stressed Sumo Records)|
|Written by Ben Hughes|
|Friday, 01 June 2012 04:45|
This 5 track debut EP from the Atlanta, Georgia based noisemongers Whores is a heavy beast indeed. A three piece consisting of Christian Lembach on vocals/guitar, Jake Shultz on bass and Travis Owen on drums, their biography sums it all up in plain English really - "We were in other bands, now we're in this band.Soon we will all be deaf." Fair statement, and after a few listens of 'Ruiner' I get what they mean.
This isn't music for the faint-hearted, turning it up will rattle every bone in your body, and could possibly cause lasting damage to your senses. But that is just how we roll at Uber Rock isn't it, we don't shy away from the noisy.....well, not most of us anyway.
'Daddy's Money' sets the scene with a brutal opening riff and gutteral screams from the off, the heavy and low bass rumbles throughout and with Lembach's angst-ridden vocals over the top, the Whores are in business, and business is good. This leads straight into 'Fake Life', sounding not too different from the opener, in fact I thought it was still part of the opener until I spied the number 2 on my stereo. The howl of a vocal is met with a monster of a riff and as if in unison they proceed to floor the aural landscape, decimating everything in their path. Sludgy, doom-laden repetitive riffage is the order of the day, bringing the heaviness of Sabbath and the hardcore intensity of Helmet to the table.
'Shower Time' is a song possibly written as an anthem for prison inmates worldwide...or not. Seriously though, it's more upbeat but no less brutal; it's 3 minutes of angst filled music that builds and grinds. Great interplay between the guitars and drums here, and it's a stand out track for me.
'Straight Down' rides in on a sludgy, low end bass riff with nice picked chords over the top; it comes on like a raw sounding yet no less intense Tool at times. The fat and doomy riffs that proceed make it essential stoner rock. Shout out to the drummer here too, fine work indeed.
'Ruiner' is a giant slab of monolithic stoner rock with the power to pulverise everything in its path. The songs are heavy workouts indeed, it feels like muscles and vocal chords have been stretched, and many pints have been sweated in the quest to deliver a monster. It doesn't stray too far from its path though, that's my only niggle; the material is mid paced and quite samey throughout leaving me wanting a bit more diversity. That said 'Shower Time' and 'Straight Down' are stand out tracks for me that hit the mark, and for a debut it's a promising start.
So, if sludgy stoner rock is your thing, or you are maybe just a little bit pissed off then Whores may make your day just that little bit easier to get through.
To pick up your copy of 'Ruiner' - CLICK HERE