Minneapolis metallic hardcore outfit sharpen their teeth on new EP
Recorded live at the beloved and now defunct Triple Rock Social Club (later mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone), Abandoned is Wanderer at their most raw, most fierce.
“Burial at Sea” begins is an apt opener, beginning with a Ceremony "Rohnert Park"-esque intro that tightens quickly into frenzied blast beats and a wall of sound, supporting Brandon Carrigan’s angry prose. Wanderer bleeds their influences. “Burial” runs the gambit of Southern Lord sounding bands like Baptists, Trap Them and Black Breath with a sprinkle of late 2000’s era Converge, and an outro that sounds like Nails.
Although their influences are apparent, it is not to say that Wanderer hasn’t carved a sound of their own. “Dirt” focuses heavily on the power of groove and sustain. Brent Ericson’s guitar work in this track shines through. Repeating a groove but altering tempos and adding leads that ensure the track doesn’t get stale. The production is also notable, using noise and static to portray a sense of claustrophobia (makes sense for a song titled “Dirt”) and is even more impressive knowing these tracks were played live.
The next tracks, “Parasite” and “Crooked Smile,” continue the onslaught and do a great job at incorporating harmonics to give the juxtaposition of low chugging with high pitches. Wanderer save the best for last with EP closer “Abandoned.” Hitting hard right out of the gate, following up with a Kurt Ballou riff that once again utilizes harmonics and noise.
The song hits a high point with Natalie Grace Krueger’s guest vocals that takes the song up that extra level of insanity.
Wanderer takes metalcore back to it’s actual roots with this new EP. A welcome breath of fresh air to many shows that are dominated by straight punk or hardcore.
by Andy Wilcox