Woodcreeper
I
(2019)
Turn this to 3.7 of 11
Genre:
Hard rock
Sounds Like:
Green River, Everclear
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Why... we ask... why do bands rhyme for the sake of rhyming? Weak vocals and forced rhyming could be one of the worst combinations. Solid fretwork and fairly well thought-out riffs are absolutely drowned when bands monkey together the lyrics. Such is the case with Woodcreeper, the trio from Iowa. You can’t just wing it like that and hope the guitar-work will save you. Seek some advice or the critique to assist with your spoken message.

The debut album has some fleeting jam moments via "Psychopiatus Riffinitum" and some of the grinding circuitous dabbling on "Crustagion," but ultimately becomes extremely to give a listen in one sitting due to the woefully painful vocals.

Track Listing:
1. New Cerulean (4:51)
2. Cresset Syndrome (5:50)
3. Valiant (3:22)
4.  Psychopiatus Riffinitum (4:40)
5. Crustagion (5:05)

Standout Track:
"Psychopiatus Riffinitum" takes the prize as the guitar melodies outshine the painful vocals for more than half the track. There are some interesting moments here where raw licks really show some promise for the trio.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Sedate yourself with some Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight. Iowa’s 12% ABV Imperial Stout with an explosive espresso aroma followed by strong notes of maple syrup and vanilla.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
3.4 out of 11

Vocal Performance
1.4 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
5.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
6.1 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
3.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
3.7 out of 11

Contrast
2.9 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
5.1 out of 11

Production Value
3.5 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
We will keep on the hunt for some new dynamic rock out of Iowa. Woodcreeper may benefit to make the move to instrumental rock or seek out a fourth member vocalist.

Band Members:
Guitar/Vox - Arb
Drums and Skate Injuries - Riff Worm
Bass & Vox (on Valiant) - Radiant

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