Woe, Is Me - Number[s]

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Post-hardcore
Velocity Records
Woe, Is Me
Number[s]
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Worthy bands to rip off in the post hardcore genre have all but evaporated thanks to the law of diminishing returns. Most pinpoint this depression started with the rise of “emo” plaguing the airwaves of MTV; bands (Hawthorne Heights) selling out their souls in order to repeat the same, “I’m sick” line over and over and over again – in synchronized screaming and singing fashion of course. However, this had not the immediate impact as one genre defining band of two years ago. Attack Attack! brought a whole new game to the table. Ignoring the joke that is crabcore, Attack Attack! melded intrinsic lines of synth with the most brutal of breakdowns they could barely stand up – literally. Fast forward past the thirty-five bands created a minute to emanate this new ‘trancecore’ and you’ve got Woe, Is Me.

Hailing from Atlanta, GA and consisting of an astounding seven members Woe, Is Me is the bastardization of a genre, once fertile, that’s lost any grip on reality and will use any cliché they can get their hands on. Essentially Number[s] is one very, very long song repeating the same ideas, single chord breakdowns, and computerized vocals throughout its 30 minute entirety. By the time the fiftieth chopped word is uttered on just the second track – imagine any electronica album with vocals, the album has already overstayed its welcome. Of course in continuing the trends of repetitions there are half time breakdowns displayed every ten seconds, and each one features the same drum snare to cymbal ratio, offering no room for other instruments to breathe. With a name like Woe, Is Me, and original song titles like "Hell, Or High Water", one could imagine better lyrical hilarity than what actually accompanies the music, but for humors sake things pretty much unfold as such; “Well you’ve taken all my wi-i-i-i-iilll-illl-illl, and it’s a bitter pain, taking all these scars, ALL THESE SCARS”. With seven members you’d think they could have diversified their emulations beyond Attack Attack! and The Word Alive, however, that would be the listeners imaginations working harder than those in the actual band. 

1. On Veiled Men
2. Delinquents
3. Mannequin Religion
4. Keep Your Enemies Close
5. Hell, Or High Water
6. For the Likes of You
7. I
8. Our Number[s]
9. If Not, For Ourselves
10. Desolate [The Conductor]

Emerging from the rubble of various local and signed bands, Woe, Is Me builds its self on an ever expanding experimental level of musicianship. Being signed before even their first show, and only weeks after being “public” from Atlanta’s local scene, these kids pack a powerful punch easily seen behind their catchy choruses, and punchy break downs.

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