Review: Rwake – Rest

Rated:

3.5/5

From the dark underbelly of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rwake unfurl their fifth and latest collection of apocalyptic doom dirges, a spiral death collage festooned with churning Mastodonian riffage and snaky post-rock melodies. Epic is the name of the game here: Half of Rest’s six tracks are over 11 minutes long. Song titles like “It Was Beautiful But Now It’s Sour” set the calamitous tone as vocalist CT howls at humanity’s collective misadventures and laments its shattered dreams. At once dense and cacophonous, bleak and thunderous, Rwake’s latest aspires toward the sonic-cosmic apex personified by Neurosis—and comes mighty close.
J. BENNETT