Brooklyn trio White Suns bring the constructed-noise on Waking in the Reservoir. Ostensibly a heavy metal band – albeit with grind and post-hardcore leanings – White Suns are “experimental”1 but neither mathy like Converge nor droney like Boris;2 think of a sped-up RACEBANNON.3 Penultimate track “Waking in the Reservoir” is five and-a-half minutes of feedback and plodding guitar chugs4 that are surprisingly peaceful in their own bizarre way.5 Vocals are high-pitched screams, often seen in post-hardcore rather than metal, that work well alongside the high-frequency guitar squeals.
The album is heady, but it’s short enough at thirty-one minutes that it’s easy to digest in time. It has a bit of side-two slump with regards to closing track “Bedsores,” but that’s a nitpick. While not recommended for first-time listeners into the noisier genres of heavy metal,6 Waking in the Reservoir will certainly appeal to the already initiated.
1. First Purge – (2:59) – ★★★★★
2. Harvest – (5:21) – ★★★★★
3. Locust – (2:39) – ★★★★☆
4. Skin Deep – (4:07) – ★★★★★
5. Voyeur – (3:36) – ★★★★☆
6. Waking in the Reservoir – (5:27) – ★★★★☆
7. Bedsores – (6:52) – ★★★☆☆
1I dislike that term – along with “avant-garde” – because it’s an easy way to cop out of a better descriptor, so hopefully it makes sense in context.
2With the exception of the title track.
3Which is another excellent noise-metal band.
4I can’t help but have in my head that scene in Jurassic Park where the water shakes as the T-Rex approaches.
5I’ve fallen sleep to this song several times.
6I’d recommend Daughters and the aforementioned RACEBANNON for that.