White City Graves - One Of Us - Reviewed At Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2021/09/29/white-city-graves-one-of-us/
People are naturally inclined to gravitate towards familiarities. As such, WCG will be compared to White Zombie, Misfits, and the like, but overall, they have their own distinct sound. It just takes a few listens for it to become clear. It would be interesting to see them branch up and out beyond the Horror-tinged realms, leaving the core sound intact of course. The talent and zeal are quite apparent. My gut tells me they could be seriously huge.
‘One of Us’ delivers huge doses of great Hard Rock with a piercing Metal edge. Mix in a little Rockabilly overdrive here and there, and you have a fantastic combination. WCG packs their sound with killer riffs and grooves and attitude. Then cap it off with a bit of (gasp) fun, and it’s unbeatable. The sense the guys are enjoying themselves is palpable. This is refreshing and enjoyable, but don’t worry. This album absolutely ROCKS.
Highlights include “Manifesto,” a relentless crusher featuring shifting meters, impassioned vocals you can actually understand (sorry RZ), and a refrain of WHAT NOW? Something I am sure we’ve been muttering as of late. It is heavy and melodic cannot be played too loudly.
“Brooks Was Here” is a nod to The Shawshank Redemption character. That’s my interpretation and I’m sticking with it. “Brooks” is driving and bleak and paints a dismal portrait using only dark colours. Evoking stunning visuals, it is an amazing track.
The truth is, I could have labelled any song as a highlight. It is all good stuff. The grit and emotion from WCG is legit. Keep them on your radar; I certainly will be. - Metal Digest
Release Date: August 20, 2021
FFO: Clutch, White Zombie, Danzig
White City Graves blends dark subject matter into a compelling and catchy bed of sonic intrigue. Since 2011 they have staked a claim as a mainstay in the Seattle music scene, drawing descriptions like Hard Rock, Metal, Punk and Horror Punk. The truth is, it’s all of the above with the culmination of influences by the veteran members of this 4 piece Seattle rock band: Adam Ketola, Wes Scott, Troy Lund and Brent Powell.
They’ve garnered the attention of local and national music insiders with airplay across the country and abroad, along with the honor of supporting legendary touring acts D.R.I., The Casualties, Doyle (of the Misfits) and The Real McKenzies, just to name a few.
It has not gone unnoticed, as they said over at The Ripple Effect; “...It sounds as if someone had taken TSOL, Theater of Hate, and some gut-level Oi! punk and tossed em all into an audio blender. Brutal in all the right places, but played with real chops and conviction. Melodic and times, varying in tempo and pace. Dynamics shifting. Really, the song is just a complete hurricane. No other way to describe it. I could listen to this thing on repeat all day and never get tired of it...”
To date they have released their first self-titled EP in 2011, followed by a West Coast tour that led them to the iconic Whisky a Go Go. They followed it up with the well-received LP “Wilmington.” And now, with their latest full-length vinyl release of “One of Us,” they’ve expounded on their sound even further, with a more focused and concise musical theme.
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