Album release: ‘Auburn Rule’ by Wren
Release date: 14 July 2017
Label: Holy Roar Records
More info: Band website
Following on from the release of their 'Host' EP last year, London-based progressive sludge/noise-rock four-piece Wren, are now gearing up to release their new album ‘Auburn Rule’.
Recorded at Holy Mountain Studios by Misha Hering (Memnon Sa) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Beastmilk, Fucked Up and High On Fire), the new album sees the bands most consummated material yet. Calling to mind the likes of Neurosis, Amenra and Old Man Gloom, ‘Auburn Rule’ is a masterfully bleak and aggressive collection of tracks, which traverse an unyielding foray of styles and influences with nods to post-metal, noise-rock, sludge and doom. Full of morose and slow moving ascerbic moods, tempos and soundscapes, the album seamlessly merges visceral instrumentation and vocals with moments of ominous yet ethereal serenity.
Speaking about the new album the band said “The album is based around the same premise as the entire band and our other records so far. Our process is more of a returned contribution to the creative pool that we draw from as a collective. Lyrically, each song is knowingly vague, and throughout 'Auburn Rule' there is rarely one idea that can be summarised from each song or passage - what is more common in our work is a collection of our scattered thoughts and incomplete musings."
Since releasing their debut self-titled EP release back in Feb 2014, Wren have been moving from strength-to-strength, despite a variety of tumultuous line-up changes and painful geographical relocations. Wren have had to make heavy sacrifices to follow through with each record and commit to their sound, and their determination shows.
Wren have garnered healthy support from select press in their short time together, with their last EP 'Host' commanding praise from the likes of CVLT Nation, The Obelisk, Terrorizer and, most notably, Daniel P. Carter with repeat plays on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show. Supports under the likes of Minsk, Ohhms and Kowloon Walled City have helped establish the band both in the UK and EU, and Wren have also made select festival appearances at Carefully Planned and Incubate Festival and are set to appear at Raw Power later this year.
Press reaction to date
“massive waves of abrasive and downtrend sludge core heaviness” - CVLT Nation
“a good example of their turbulent, Isis-inspired churn” - Terrorizer
"righteous in its violence, thoughtful in its execution” - The Obelisk