Oct 2013 24

W.A.S.A.B.I. - W EPW.A.S.A.B.I.
Category: Electro / Rock
Album: W EP
Stars: 2
Blurb: Not entirely devoid of vigor but still a release weighed down by its dated nü-metal tendencies.


Even a casual listener disinterested in the actual process of making music on the molecular level of his existence can easily imagine how infatuation with a particular genre staple could inspire an entirely new effort. The French act We Are Savage And Badly Infected (conveniently operating under the culinary inclined abbreviation) appears to channel the appreciation of contemporary punk rock and metal into a personal outlet for anger and rebellion, expressed through an energetic but unoriginal fusion of guitars and electro.

In both structure and execution, W.A.S.A.B.I. resembles the most infamous relics of the nü-metal era – the female led Guano Apes and the extinguished American punk rock blaze of Lost Prophets or Killswitch Engage. One can certainly believe that this standard mix of rap, teenage angst, and electro driven guitars is a direct extension of the band’s own joie de vivre, juvenile as it may appear in the scope of the genre. It’s honest material played by the young musicians for the young and restless spirits that are nonconformists in everything but their taste. The five tracks are all brief and focused, well prepared to wedge themselves into the listener’s consciousness as long as he or she remains undemanding. “Savage is Our Name” benefits from a memorable chorus, clean melodic lines that intertwine with dynamic acoustics, and a pairing of vocals that make for a little anthem in search of a susceptible audience. All other tracks follow the same template with the flat female voice appeasing the male screams that constantly dominate over the fast paced riffs and drums. Harmless as these songs are, it is difficult to imagine enduring a full-length album not diversified by some sort of radical departure from the unified sound and rhythm.

W.A.S.A.B.I.’s W EP is not strictly speaking a poor throwaway release even if it does feel like an effort both insufficient and hopelessly dated. Those who will enjoy those five brief tracks are as likely to never return to them again as they will be prone to recycle the music that inspired them, over and over again, undeterred by the passage of time and the inevitable deterioration of the temporary trends.
Track list:

  1. Savage is Our Name
  2. WebZone
  3. 7 Deadly
  4. Lost Souls
  5. Angel

W.A.S.A.B.I. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wearesavageofficial
W.A.S.A.B.I. Bandcamp http://wearesavage.bandcamp.com
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Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)

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