Saturday, April 26, 2014

Album Review: True Widow

True Widow are a Texan trio who deal in heavy riffs and very controlled, regular tempos.  Their self-titled debut album, released in 2008, contains ten tracks of heavy riffage, with guitars stomping crankily all over some pretty downbeat melodies.
 
Dan Phillips handles most of the vocals, but Nicole Estill memorably handles two of the album highlights, Duelist and Bleeder, the latter of which features particularly pleasing guitar work.  A vocalist not dissimilar to Low's Mimi Parker, her voice mixes well with the bludgeoning guitars.

On Minor It Down and Flat Black they sound like a restrained Sonic Youth, Phillips' vocal reminiscent of Thurston Moore,  Mesh Mask drags a bit, like distorted Beck (circa Sea Change), while funeral-paced final track K.R. is probably the most 'metal' moment on the album and the longest thing here.  At times the tracks can be over long and there isn't much variety but they do one, very bleak thing pretty well.