Woe Withdrawal on Limited Edition Colored LP
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Produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston, 2013's Withdrawal is the third studio effort from Philadelphia, PA black metallers Woe. The album features seven songs with a running time of 43 minutes and serves as the first new material from the band since 2010's widely regarded Quietly, Undramatically. Withdrawal also reunited the band with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller.
"I spent a ton of time focusing on the production," says Grigg in discussing the album's creation. "We examined what Woe created since its inception in 2007 and broke it down to its core elements. The result is something that is a synthesis of the strongest elements: the unstoppable black metal ferocity of A Spell For The Death of Man mixed with the bold dynamics and smarter, more direct and personal songwriting of Quietly, Undramatically. It is our most intense, our most cohesive, our most personal." Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, Withdrawal is a robust and penetrating album. It benefits from 18-months of live performances; something unavailable to Woe in the early years. "This is music that was made to be performed live," Grigg adds.
"Depression, despair, doubt and defeat enable Woe's greatest triumph to date," says Decibel Magazine. "Withdrawal starts like an intergalactic hornet attack and ends on a question-mark-shaped burst of light. One thing that sets the band's attack apart from the USBM pack is that (vocalist, Chris) Grigg always sounds like he's genuinely trying to communicate something a little more personal..."