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Wax Ruins
(Heavygazer)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre:
Shoegaze, Post metal
Sounds Like:
Swervedriver, Rancho Relaxo, Sons of Otis
The debut album from Dallas, Texas very own Wax Ruins is a unique melting pot of atmospheric rock. What we have here is an album that combines the soft, repetitive nature of 90s shoegaze along with elements of Post-metal and stoner rock, it’s quite a unique listen. Consisting of members Brian E. Smith (Vocals/Guitar), Blake McWhorter (Bass) and Mark Baker (Drums), together they bring forth a consistent and well received debut album in Heavygazer.

What are the highlights of the album?
The album as whole doesn’t waver much from this style of heavy and spacious shoegaze rock. The opening cut “Praise a Name” transports us back to the days of Swervedriver and their classic Mezcal Head, yet this is a tad bit more on the shoegaze side. “Temple Smoke” has a smooth spacious flow that sounds beautiful on headphones, give it a spin. “(Sparks) Into Mountains,” running at an impressive 16:13 minutes is very exploratory, this song is very trippy, they even cross into atmospheric doom metal and it’s quite a journey. The last two tracks keep the heavy shoegaze going and the drums on “Strange Sourcery” are very impressive. At this point the feeling we get from the record is if Torche and Rancho Relaxo collaborated and released an album, it could be Heavygazer.

How is the production value?
The production is solid. At times Heavygazer takes us back to the mid-nineties shoegaze rock era, than out of nowhere the music transitions to a blend of atmospheric Post-metal.

How is the vocal performance?
The vocals of Brian E. Smith are extremely distant with a relaxed echoed effect that is nestled perfectly among the music.

Does the album art reflect the music?
Somewhat, as good as the album art is, you’ll never really know what you’re getting into unless you dive right in.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Let’s go with something native to Texas and Lobo Texas Lager. Brewed by Pedernales Brewing Company, this lager is a crisp and slightly bitter, a great beer to coincide with Heavygazer.

What are our final thoughts on Heavygazer?
Albums like this don’t seem to make waves in the underground rock scene right away for some reason. We urge you to give this one a shot, it really grows on you after a few listens. - 5/25/2017

Tracklist:
1. Praise a Name 05:46
2. Temple Smoke 05:10
3. Clarity and Inclusions 07:22
4. (Sparks) Into Mountains 16:13
5. Return 04:45
6. Strange Sorcery 06:22

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