As testament to just how much great music pours out of every outlet these days, one of my favourite noise-rock bands released a brand new album a couple of weeks ago and I only just found out.
But in the interest of better late than never, the noisiest and grimiest act to have ever crawled out of Newcastle have returned with their second album The Drone. If you’re not familiar with the off-kilter world of We Are Knuckle Dragger then consider this — I originally stumbled upon this band when they were main support to juddering mechanical monsters Meshuggah and the always-amazing virtuoso showcase of Animals Of Leaders and yet WAKD sound nothing like either band. Sure, they are technical and there’s definitely competent musicianship, but here, on The Drone, it’s filtered through the filthy lens of loose time signatures that trail and stutter and guitars that are fuzzy and discordant.
Naturally, you can stream the entire thing through their Bandcamp page — it’s a tense and disconcerting listen with song titles exclaiming some bizarre things like ‘Here’s Your Shit Sandwich‘ and ‘Flapjack The Ripper‘, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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