Across a tar-drenched debut album and a follow-up EP comprised of a single 20-minute track, London innovators Wren have concocted some of the sludgiest, most desolate music ever to grace the realm of post-metal. The band’s approach to heavy music can be exemplified by the way they utilise ambient textures – where many in the genre employ them as a form of respite, Wren use them primarily to bolster the darkness, refusing to let up the torment even in their quieter moments. New album Groundswells improves and expands upon this template, proving the band’s most ambitious and captivating release to date. It’s a harrowing and yet serene experience that drags listeners into the abyss and slowly lets it engulf them.
For fans of metal that’s deliberate, bleak and all-consuming, Groundswells is simply a must-hear. Thankfully, you can listen to it right now below, ahead of its official release tomorrow. Be sure to also check out the awesome physical pre-order exclusives (including a gorgeous deluxe vinyl edition with all sorts of goodies) now available on the Gizeh Records online store here.
Groundswells is out tomorrow on Gizeh Records. Order here.
Words: George Parr