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Few metal heads would say the name Wake isn't synonymous with "relentless." Over the last decade, consistent ethics, back-to-back tours, and a veritable stream of releases have turned this humble grinding metal outfit into a Canadian institution. Misery Rites, Wake's sophomore album, delivers nine thunderously crushing songs and takes a harsh, introspective, and shattering look into the deep, interdimensional corners of intimate struggle.
Vocalist Kyle Ball explains, "Misery Rites is a concept that contains personal struggle with depression, addiction and isolation. It also follows a theme of cycles, the main cycle being the metaphorical killing of the person you hate being only to eventually end up back in the same place, just to start the cycle again." Wake face their inner torment with fury and weave dark, caustic guitar playing and bludgeoning drums to create the raw, dark terror throughout Misery Rites. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered in 2017 with Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Khemmis, Primitive Man, Cobalt).
Guitarist Rob LaChance reveals their vision for Misery Rites; "musically, the vision of the album was to take what we did on Sowing The Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow and make it darker and more oppressing. I think having Dave Otero on production helped capture a lot of what we were going for. Dave is a very talented guy and one of the best engineers in the game right now. Recording in Denver also made it easy for us to have our good friend Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb) do some vocals on a few tracks."