Trainwreck – Of Concrete Canyons and Inner Wastelands

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Of Concrete Canyons and Inner Wastelands - Adagio 830 Records

I haven’t written a review in a long time. It’s something I mean to get around to doing but I inevitably get distracted and end up with a folder full of half written Microsoft word documents. This is my first attempt at breaking my pattern of laziness.

Trainwreck is a German hardcore band who has been busy cooking up excellent music for the past few years. What started as a project aping His Hero Is Gone has evolved into a heavy, I suppose you could say, screamo band. I don’t want to spend too much time on the topic, but when I say screamo, ditch every preconceived notion you might have about the genre. This band is not comprised of teenagers complaining about dates that went wrong or puppy-love relationships that ended in “heartbreak.” Trainwreck is all about crusty, violent, down-tuned songs, kind of in the vein of Zann (another good German band).

Musically, the band is extremely competent. The guitar riffs are almost always heavy, but layered with melodic leads, keeping the sound from getting abrasive. The rhythms from the drum and bass drive the band. Although the drummer tends to avoid blast beats (there are several exceptions to this), lightning fast drumming abounds and the bass guitar has just the right amount of distortion on it to keep the sound almost dirty.

If there was one thing I could change on this album, it would be the lack of bottom end. It was about three years ago that Trainwreck put out their self-titled album which was remarkably heavy with some great production on it. The style of the music was slightly different and I’m sure the band doesn’t want two identical sounding albums, but it really would have been nice if their latest work had the same mastering.

Anyways, it’s high time I move on to what’s going to turn most people off of Trainwreck: the vocals. Where the band manages to be quite melodic, it’s the vocals that turn out to be the most abrasive feature of this band. This guy has a powerful throat and his screams are sure to drive a lot of people who aren’t familiar with this genre of music running in the opposite direction. If you’re like me though, you will certainly enjoy them. That being said, abrasive vocals make discerning lyrics difficult, so don’t expect to really catch on to what he’s saying unless you have the lyrics in front of you (one must also consider that this guy is singing in English, which I’m assuming is his second language if he’s from Germany).

For those of you who are well versed in heavy hardcore/legit screamo, you would be doing yourself a disservice by overlooking this band. I would encourage anyone, regardless of your interests, to give this band a try (while you’re at it, pick up their four-way split with Perth Express, Zann, and Ghostlimb) just on the off chance that it might grow on you. This band rules.