Ah, horror punk. To be honest, I’d forgotten this genre of music had existed, despite being super into it back in early to mid-high school. Mixing the “screw you” attitude of punk with anything and everything horror-themed, bands like The Wrath – a quintet from the Gold Coast – specialise in music that’s designed to freak you out as well as make you have a good time. The band’s latest effort, Disillusions & Resolutions provides more of the latter than the former, but that’s definitely a good thing in my book.
More punky than ghoulish, The Wrath serve up tunes that will put a smile on any punk fan’s face. The guitar work is excellent – in addition to serving up some sublime riffs, guitarists Spectre Deano and Carina Acquarola manage to sound ominous whilst still maintaining a hectic pace. While Disillusions & Resolutions takes a little while to really kick into gear (‘Blood on Your Hands’ is particularly good), but it’s a rip-roaring effort from a band that really knows how to have a good time. This sort of music might be an acquired taste, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
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Reviewed by Alastair McGibbon