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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wayfarer - A Romance With Violence

Wayfarer are back! Hell - at this point you can practically set your watch to it. Every two years Colorado's favorite black metal band retur with an amazing new record that pushes the boundaries of black metal, expands upon their lyrical themes and seems to hint at even grander new futures for what the guys are doing here. There is simply so much to love in the overall execution of Wayfarer as they navigate their way through strange southern landscapes. This is a band who really understand the magic of black metal and deliver in an exciting new way. 

A Romance With Violence is a potent listen. While it definitely does delve into a lot of the black metal fury that made Wayfarer icons in the first place, it also sees them pushing themselves into strange new directions. The closing track, 'Vaudeville' is seemingly destined to be an anomaly with its emphasis on clean vocals and spaghetti western guitar lines, but there is something about it that is incredibly charming. As if Wayfarer are showing us this is a direction they could quite comfortable go if they were so inclined. In general the songwriting has taken a significant step up, and while the band were always tight in their execution, this record feels like they are getting to their fullest potential. 

There is a very real, very elegant poetry to what Wayfarer are doing here. They have expanded their sound, but also doubled down on the things that made them great in the first place. The American black metal scene is a weird one with an extremely low overall ceiling. It's bands like this one that give me hope for what the scene can be though. The bands that understand why we fall in love with black metal and seek to make their own contribution to the canon. A Romance With Violence is a worthy submission to the cause!

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