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Exclusive Album Stream: Wrvth (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), Self-Titled

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WRVTHIt’d be easy to lump in Wrvth (formerly Wrath of Vesuvius) with the bands both from their hometown Bay Area metal scene and their record label, Unique Leader. But while the atmospheric technical death metallers certainly fit in well with both, you wouldn’t be seeing this article here if there weren’t something we felt was especially unique and engaging about these up-and-comers.

So, fine: their penchant for dramatic atmospherics under ominous, stormy death metal might garner them “on a playlist with Fallujah” one-liners. And the collective’s technical wizardry certainly makes them right at home on Unique Leader. But damn if the devil isn’t in the details here. Wrvth add to their sonic stew a heavy helping of skronk — think Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, etc. — and a dash of post-hardcore sensibility, both in the harmonic structure of the chords they’re using and the vocal approach, all of which makes for a much more moody and emotional experience. Zach Ohren, who’s produced every band from this scene ever, does a fine job of presenting the songs in a sonic manner that’s both precise and raw; those kick hits and guitar chugs are right where they should be, but the tones are warm, and the bass is punchy as fuck.

Wrvth comes out tomorrow. Stream it in full below, and pre-order it here.

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