Words by Matt Gabites
Bo Bennett, whoever he is, once said. “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity”.
And that quote perfectly sums up the EP, Glamorise Demise by Brisbane band Headwreck. Five songs of electronic, melodic metal that deliver big on enthusiasm, with pinches of creativity.
Empty Space begins with an almost industrial introduction, all screamo vocals, juddering bass lines and drums. This continues up until the chorus, where we get a glimpse of clean vocals and an idea that these guys aren’t just about noise for noise’s sake.
Eulogy reverses the formula, with clean vox starting things off before the screaming recommences. A great clean/screamed chorus then rescues the song from its staccato drum/bass/electronic surroundings.
Inspiration and creativity appear front and centre for The End of the Suite. Echoey, guitar picked notes accompanied by a great vocal line, give the first real glimpse of just what Headwreck could achieve. A wonderfully written song and definitely the highlight here.
Respite then spends ninety odd seconds hedging its bets as neither an intro nor an outro before the EP closer Nicotine thunders into view. Not dissimilar to the first two tracks in so much as the destination (the chorus) is far more enjoyable than the journey.
There is no doubting the enthusiasm, talent or motivation of Headwreck but the portion size of creativity and originality needs to become more substantial than a pinch if they are to achieve their goals.
Which they should if this other bloke nobody has ever heard of is right.
“Nothing right in art can be accomplished without enthusiasm” Robert Schumann.