The debut EP from Leipzig-based Wayste scratches several itches at once. Heavy as hell hardcore set at a frantic pace with zero frills and a touch of melancholic melody. A stick count is all the warning you get before this German trio proceeds to obliterate your face.
It’s almost three full minutes before you get any real kind of reprieve with the breakdown at the end of “Past Belongings Pt. 1” and the following disjointing piano Interlude. Things pick right back up with the ripper “No Innocence”, my personal favorite, and its screaming dissonance.
In its all too brief playtime, Wayste’s debut pulls no punches and plays to some serious strengths, namely the drumming and dueling vocals. A serious dose of punk-infused, heavy hardcore with a hint of interesting technicality that ends on anthemic note with “Dusk”. The closing track shines a spotlight on the bass in its intro that almost kind of reminds me of Justin Chancellor and then launches into full on post-whatevercore fist pumping and headbanging joy.
Dear Wayste, I want a full-length.
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Favorite Tracks: No Innocence
For Fans of: Forward thinking hardcore punk.