Woe is the sort of black metal band who have been a vital part of the scene for what feels like forever. These Philly black metal masters pummel audiences with a wonderfully demented form of black metal. There is an inherent torment to their music that you can't help but to fall in love with and a tortured reality that they paint that few of their peers can match. I guess that's just one of those things that happens when you're a band playing underground music from a city as bleak and outright shitty as Philadelphia.
Their latest offering Hope Attrition is beautifully nihilistic, a record that burns with an antediluvian might and tears at your soul. It's an album full of demented musical twists and turns and one that features some of the greatest vocals I've heard on a black metal record in a good long while. This is one of those records that just flows seamlessly from start to finish. Though each song has its own distinct vibe and riffs they all fit nicely into what has come to define the Woe sound. Hope Attrition is a record that in many ways defines the power of black metal with top notch songwriting and a burning sense of hatred.
It's easy to fall in love with what Woe do on Hope Attrition. This is a band who blaze forth time and time again, each song a veritable sally into the darkest parts of the human psyche. The power of the melodies and the burning magic of the most frostbitten riffs will keep your head spinning. This isn't a record you can relax in but rather one that challenges some of the darker corners of the genre to keep on blazing and encourages you to sink your teeth into a record defined by its dedication to black metal bliss.
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