Critically, a defiant swagger shines through the sonic chaos. Disclosure – a one-fingered salute to poisonous detractors back home – injects riot grrrl energy into a cataclysmically sludgy composition. Sleep Of The Righteous wears its Eastern influence like gold thread on a blood-soaked sleeve, while the striking title-track draws palpable claustrophobia from a tense weave of folk, jazz and death metal influence.
By the time the grandiose, melancholy Mediator (complete with outrageous ‘stop...GO!’ stall) waltzes over the finish line, listeners' heads will be spinning with stunned discombobulation. Even still, every one will understand they’ve just witnessed one of the finest – and most important – metal releases of 2021.
For fans of: Gojira, Meshuggah, Lacuna Coil
Wallflowers is released on August 27 via Napalm