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Oozing Wound

Joe Martinez Jr.

Oozing Wound, Rabble Rabble, Dim 

When: Fri., Oct. 14, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10, $7 in advance
If you missed the gist with Oozing Wound’s last album, Earth Suck, the new Whatever Forever (Thrill Jockey) should nail closed the metal trio’s thesis that nihilism is king (or as one track title from the record delicately puts it, “Everything Sucks, and My Life Is a Lie”). Hey, whatever floats your boat, man. In my opinion what really reigns supreme is that no matter how thick the curtain of grime draped over the scorched onslaught of sludge-choked riffs and maniacal rhythms, Oozing Wound rip and writhe through tracks with the grace of a cracked-open can of PBR ripping and writhing through the muggy, dank stratosphere of a sold-out Empty Bottle show. In short, there’s more than some party to it—and don’t bring your fucking kids. Tracks like “Diver” and “Deep Space”—fronted as ever by Zack Weil’s hateful, shrill yowl—are thrash-loyal screeds that swell more than contract, each eventually ballooning into what it might sound like to light a postrock band on fire and shove it off the edge of the planet (the latter number especially devolves into a coagulating mass of hell). Whatever Forever is without a doubt the biggest Oozing Wound record to date, with dirges like the eight-minute “Weather Tamer” offering a more deep-thoughts approach for the dudes as they happily wallow in feedback and negative space for measures on end. But even with those few-dozen extra yards added to some of the fuses, the record doesn’t lose an ounce of its combustibility.
— Kevin Warwick

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