Also from New Zealand and Action Man Records is the debut EP from The Wrongmen, "Den of Vipers". On some level comparable to Strangers above, The Wrongmen deliver short, caustic tracks jammed with loose, chaotic riffing that combines Botch- or Converge-styled metalcore textures with jagged hardcore/punk and a little bit of a rocked out vibe—occasionally flirting with slower, darker atmospheres (best exemplified by the departure taken during the massive 13-minute closer, "Bacteria Disguised as Men"). As suggested by the rawness of the sound, the entire EP was recorded live, overdubbing only the vocals. For the most part such an aesthetic works out fine, and certainly fits, but I do find myself yearning for a little more density and punch from the production here. It sounds alright, and you definitely understand what the band is going for, but a number of these tracks would certainly benefit from the added punch/power of a hint more crispness or added volume to the low-end pummeling. Not bad, though. And as with the Strangers demo the packaging looks cool and I damn sure dig the lyrics:
I saw a dog rolling in its own shit just the other day and it reminded me of you and how you’ll do anything to get paid or fucking laid. Soulless motherfucker. Artless motherfucker. Shameless motherfucker. Hey, this is all we have, and, it ain’t so fucking bad. This could be so damn good. You never understood. Never did, never will. Never will.
The Wrongmen "Brainchaos"
I say it every time, and always will, so pick one up if this is your thing: