A supposedly solo act by Jacob Bannon, singer/founder for Converge, Wear Your Wounds released its debut album WYW in April 2017. Initially it was meant to be a side project for Bannon, only to find itself producing another album hence the one in review today, Rust on the Gates of Heaven. Musicality borders between Post-Rock and Metal and is quite a departure from the Wear Your Wound’s initial album, WYW, offering a significant maturity and musical depth in comparison to the first album.
The album is introduced by the track Mercifully, an emotionally charged ode of piano track, which felt appropriate given what the album seems to promise. This then is followed by the title track Rust on the Gates of Heaven, which exhibit Jacob Bannon’s vocal prowess. With the tempo of these first two tracks, you will immediately have a clue as to how the entire album is going to be; profound and melancholic. Rust in the Gates of Heaven uploads quite a crushing blow upon hitting the riffs, which as I expected nothing less especially with the fact that Bannon employed the help of Adam McGrath and Mike McKenzie.
While indeed heavy and pounding, the album delivers such somber mood given the aching lyrics which felt to be a huge improvement from how WYW was written. Not that the initial album is bad, but for whatever disarray I felt from the first album, the group improved on this album. My personal favorite, Tomorrow’s Sorrow played along with the album’s theme with immense musicality paired with very depressing lyrics.
Maybe the best part of the album is the incorporation of the guitarists, which added a unique flavor and take on the album. Riffs are beautifully charged, and blended well with Bannon’s vision on what the album is supposed to sound like.
The album is currently available in the group’s Bandcamp page and I must say, this by far has to be a worthy buy. Mastery of the album is cleanly done, the music is beautiful, and best of all, it takes you into an experience different from any other current crop of bands do.