The Passenger is the debut album from Vancouver based progressive death metallers ‘Neck of The Woods’. The album is out on September 15th 2017 via Basick Records.
Face-meltingly fast, pant-wettingly heavy…Neck of the Woods deliver a blistering slice of progressive death metal with The Passenger. Packed with technical rhythm & riffs, from the moment Bottom Feeder bursts out of the blocks you know you’re in a for a wild ride.
The opening track is small fry to the mastery of riffs & hooks that follows. Nailbiter showcases a groove that rattles the bones before the bassy throb & guitar licks of White Coats & unrelenting fury of You’ll Always Look the Same to Me step things up even more.
It’s not just the mind-blowing guitar riffing & thumping drum beats that makes The Passenger such a great listen. The vocals, dirty & harsh are stellar as are the moments of melody, brief as they might be.
The real highlight comes on a wave of technical riff mastery & soaring solo work of Face of the Villain. Utterly transfixing in its quality, death metal played with clarity & direction. A contender for the best song of the year.
Things sadly wrap up with the Foothills & Before I Rest. Finalising the ear-pleasing melody with exciting solos mixed in amongst furious blasts of death metal.
The Passenger is something special, Neck of the Woods are something special.
Neck of the Woods – The Passenger Full Track Listing:
1. Bottom Feeder
3. White Coats
4. Open Water
5. You’ll Always Look the Same to Me
6. Face of the Villian
9. Before I Rest
Neck Of The Woods - The Passenger (Basick Records)
The Final Score - 9.5/10