AGE OF WOE – An Ill Wind Blowing
An Ill Wind Blowing is the second full-length release from Swedish death crust outfit Age of Woe. The music on offer is extremely fuzzy, heavy and dark, with elements of sludge and post-hardcore. This album is so fuzzy it is almost furry. And while some of the songs might broadly be described as catchy, the black miasma that oozes out around them stops them short of any populist kind of sound. So we end up with something like a necro version of Tau Cross.
Overall though, there is a point at which Age of Woe ultimately falls flat. The songs seem good on paper and the sound is great (although I find crust can be a bit drawn out and self-indulgent at times) but after a few spins their noxious venom has failed to take hold of my system and rather than wanting to hear this album more I want to hear it less. It nearly gets off the ground at times but then some kind of charisma vacuum strikes and drags us back down. I will check these guys out again in the future but for now would only recommend this for hard core fans of the subgenre.