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Madrid's WRONG Make Black Metal Feel So Right

Another winner in my book for modern black metal!

Another winner in my book for modern black metal!

Welcome back to Bandcamp Buried Treasure!  Anyway, you know the rules of the article by now:

  • I hunt down awesome artists on Bandcamp that have their album up for Buy It Now/Free Download and give them a write up. I'm not explicitly telling you to download the album for free since I'm a big supporter of buying your music, but I like the option for my readership to be there.
  • The goal is to introduce you to smaller bands or obscure side-projects you might not have heard of. Anything to expand your musical horizons by just a little bit each week!
  • And of course, for there to be a conversation about similar bands or bands you think I should be covering. I check the comments section!

Like I've been saying, I switched the format up a bit with two new sections, titled "The Basic Idea" and "Why I Love It." The former is a short news-style lead that paints a vivid picture of what you're about to hear to get you interested and help you understand a little why I chose the record, while the latter serves simply as a review piece.

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Let's get blackened as fuck with Wrong!

WrongThe Basic Idea

Wrong take the concept of black metal, add in the overwhelming weight of modern death metal heaviness and somehow make it sound traditional. Memories of Sorrow is a course in blurring lines between what's considered "a classic sound" and what should be considered innovated. Wrong breathe black, disgusting, foul life into a stale scene.

Why I Love It
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Memories of Sorrow is a bit of an oddball. Just putting on the first track "They Look at Me" it was instantly identifiable that these guys are on to something new and interesting. The guitars have that classic wraith-like sound you'd find in black metal but the drums are extremely present and even in the forefront. Wait… is that a bass? Black metal doesn't have bass. Then if you're really attentive to the song, you'll notice a piano providing this positively drab atmosphere in the background that only adds to the bleakness. Then the vocals finally come in and holy hell are they distorted! In a good way- it adds girth and character to it. All in all the first impression is one of intrigue and I'm happy to report that feeling keeps up throughout the entire album.

There are a lot of black metal bands floating around that claim to be grim, frostbitten, trve, whatever. Without trying to or classifying themselves as one of those bands, Wrong wrap up a bleak vibe really nicely. Their music is just dim, gruesome, violent and downright terrifying without trying to beat you over the head with it. There's a nice darkness to it that will grab you and haunt you for quite some time. I mean that comparison in the best way possible too- don't lump Wrong in with bands that try super hard to be that way. Wrong just naturally exhudes pessimism and should be recognized for it.

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