Narcotic Wasteland is a death metal band whose lyrical content covers drugs, religion, misanthropy and the darkness of society as we somehow accept drug use as normal behavior. The band is the spawn of vocalist/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade (Nile), drummer Erik Schultek, bassist/vocalist Chris Dupre (Heretic’s Fork) and guitarist Ed Rhone (Uncleansed) and was primarily a side project of Dallas as he focused on Nile. Well since Mr. Toler-Wade has moved on from that he is 100% now focused on Narcotic Wasteland and he and the group has worked their asses off to create one of the more exciting albums released in 2017. Exit Schultek and enter drummer Philip Cancilla, who has worked for a myriad of bands including Hank Williams III and Disfiguring the Goddess. This new found talent not only gives Narcotic Wasteland new found energy but opens the band up for touring as well. Everything is lining up perfectly for this band right now and Delirium Tremens is the grand result. It’s like discovering metal all over again with this album.
The goosebumps and chills I get while listening to this album never stop, the riffs are absolutely amazing on this album and that is truly saying something since Dallas’ ability to write riffs and solos never cease to amaze me. I loved their debut album from 2014 but this new album is such a massive step in the right direction for metal domination. Everything about this album on guitar just SLAYS. Some of my favorite riffs exist on “Return to the Underground”, which is massively energetic and powerful. “Bleed and Swell” which is a rather somber and sad track that features some of the more emotionally driven slower riffs. “Delirium Tremens” which happens to feature some of the best guitar moments on the album and the ever so disgustingly heavy track “Husk”, which just melts my face off every single time I jam that song.
The drumming coming from Cancilla is a perfect fit for Narcotic Wasteland. The snare drum was a little off at first but it slowly worked it’s way in for me. The speeds this man possesses is truly remarkable and his groove oriented blasts really work well with Dallas’ writing style. The way the percussion presents itself on Delirium Tremens is not only great death metal but just incredibly good music in general. Dupre’s bass guitar offers a thunderous undertone to the riffing and drums, solidifying the overall sound that Narcotic Wasteland has achieved. Ed Rhone’s guitar playing equally matches Toler-Wade’s, which is a feat of itself, as they manage to move back and forth and create monstrous song one after another. Narcotic Wasteland is on fire right now and you will be missing out if you don’t listen to this album.
I am probably one of their biggest fans but I can easily say all of this without bias: Narcotic Wasteland is one of the most unique death metal bands out there right now. Every single song is truly great in all aspects. Vocals spewed by Dallas’ raspy vocals really sit well on this specific writing style that is unlike most you will hear in it’s genre. Songs reach out and mean something to you, you will relate to this one way or another I promise you. Whether it’s the lyrics or just the sorrow found in the instrumentation or just the ass kicking riffs: this band taps into your psyche and gets you going. You must listen to this album. You must own this album.
Release Date: 10/13/2017
Label: Megaforce Records
FFO: Nile, Hideous Divinity & Dying Fetus