Wrench In The Works - Decrease/Increase
Record Label: Facedown Records
Release Date: March 16, 2010
The last time we heard from Wrench In The Works was on Lost Art Of Heaping Coal. It appears that in that period the band decided to go for a more compact sound than the spacey sound they had going. They also were able to tap a few guest vocalists this time around. With the release of Decrease/Increase, will Wrench In The Works’ new compressed style work for them?
The first difference you can pinpoint when “Vultures” starts is the band being more aggressive and faster paced. The faster pace keeps most songs clocked in under three minutes, which really helps the album move along and keeps it quite refreshing for the most part. The second difference is the vocals being deeper. This actually helps the album show off more of that aggressiveness they are pushing on this album. A big disadvantage to the new style is the fact that a lot of the songs are blending together into one track. This causes most tracks to be lost in the shuffle.
Two standout tracks are found in “Deathslayer” and “Gethsemane.” “Deathslayer” sees the first extended breakdown on the album, well worth the four and a half song wait, and some actual change in the song structure and vocal delivery. “Deathslayer” includes guest vocals from Thom Green of Sleeping Giant whereas “Gethsemane” includes vocals from Donny Hardy of I Am Alpha And Omega. “Gethsemane” sees the continuation of the song structure change. After these two tracks, the songs go back into melting into one another.
While the songs do end up mostly sounding the same and blending together, the musicianship is as solid as always and the vocals are vastly improved with the new style and a deeper growl. The album was the correct next step for the band and they should continue to perfect this sound as it fits them better then the sound they had on Lost Art Of Heaping Coal.