“The Awakening” is the latest volatile single from Bay Area hardcore/thrash metal warriors WILDERNESS DREAM. The track, which hails from the band’s impending Paralysis Rise EP, has been hurled into the public domain through an exclusive premiere at MetalSucks.
With an unhinged vocal sincerity, blistering twin guitar assault, and undeniably crushing and thunderous rhythm section, WILDERNESS DREAM‘s sound and identity has naturally evolved into a more blackened and ominous thrash-metal assault. Recorded in February through April of 2017 with Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburgh, California, Paralysis Rise pays homage to the death metal pioneers and legends of the ’90s while injecting the band’s own special vicious brand of intensity, creating a truly unique second release from one of the West Coast’s most exciting up-and-coming heavy bands.
MetalSucks reports, “Do you like crossover thrash with a little extra dose of heavy? Do your favorite albums of the year so far include the most recent releases from bands like Code Orange and Power Trip? Well then, boy oh boy, do we have a band for you: WILDERNESS DREAM. This San Francisco wrecking crew carries on the grand tradition of Bay Area thrash, but their love of the two best cores, hard and grind, shines through in everything they do. The result is a lethally toxic sound that we just know you cats are gonna love.”
WILDERNESS DREAM is currently booking tour dates supporting the new EP, with a run through California alongside Viral taking place the first week of August, and additional widespread tour dates beyond the region to follow.
WILDERNESS DREAM w/ Viral:
8/02/2017 El Rio – San Francisco, CA
8/03/2017 Programme – Fullerton, CA
8/04/2017 PV Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
8/05/2017 Til Two Club – San Diego, CA
8/06/2017 TBA – Fresno, CA
Clocking in at just under twenty minutes, the seven new songs that comprise WILDERNESS DREAM‘s new assault retain the same intensity and urgency that characterized the band’s self-titled debut, while boasting similar misanthropic, nihilistic lyrical content. However, the listener will quickly notice that the band has eliminated most remaining melodies and lingering punk influences and replaced them with a doubled-down violent dose of dissonant, razor-sharp riffs, and unpredictable, chaotic song structures. Tracks like “Spiritual Predator” and “The Observer” see the band at their most blistering speeds yet, thundering through every chainsaw-driven riff and tortured lyric without looking back, leaving the listener zero time to take a breath. At the same time, songs like “Venom,” “Ghosts,” and “No Light” see WILDERNESS DREAM bringing the tempos down to more stomping, punishing grooves, rounding out the EP with numerous unique and refreshing moments of sonic domination.