Wake – Devouring Ruin (2020)

Wake have come a long way since I last heard them. I think I first came across them when they were announced for OEF during my first trip back in 2013. The band have perhaps unsurprisingly come in leaps and bounds since then, having developed and matured over several records into a monstrous unit of metallic destruction. Think Corrupt Moral Altar or U.K. doomers Conjurer, but mashed into the deepest mires of grindcore and even black metal. Think ultimate brutality but married also with a melancholic sense of beauty and melody. Devouring Ruin is a stunning album and I cannot recommend it enough.