WAKE Announces European Tour in May!

- March 28th, 2024 –

Canada’s WAKE have just announced a full European tour in support of their latest album Thought Form Descent!

Comments guitarist Rob LaChance: “It’s been seven long years since we last wreaked havoc on European soil and in May, we make our return. We’re excited to bring Thought Form Decent, Devouring Ruin and the liminal space in-between to our European and UK comrades!

May 09 – Karlsruhe, DE @ P8
May 10 – Lille, FR @ La Malterie
May 11 – Basel, CH @ Tales of Wrath Fest
May 13 – Bristol, UK @ The Gryphon
May 14 – Newcastle, UK @ TBA
May 15 – Glasgow, UK @ The Attic
May 16 – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
May 17 – London, UK @ DesertFest
May 18 – Paris, FR @ Le Klub
May 20 – Bratislava, SL @ Fuga
May 21 – Berlin, DE @ Reset Club
May 22 – Leipzig, DE @ Naunmass
May 24 – Hoogeven, NL @ Graveland Fest
May 25 – Antwerp, BE @ Antwerp Music City
May 26 – Liege, BE @ Kultura
May 27 – Metz, FR @ La Chaouee
May 28 – Trier, DE @ Villa Wuller
May 29 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn

WAKE released their sixth full-length, Thought Form Descent, in July of 2022 via Metal Blade Records. Stream and purchase the album at: metalblade.com/wake

Never a band interested in repeating themselves, WAKE has evolved with every release. 2020′s Devouring Ruin made this clearer than ever, hammering the point home with the Confluence EP in the same year. Thought Form Descent is their most dynamic, diverse and emotional release to date. “I’d describe the record as a place to reconsider what ‘extreme’ means. The words ‘brutal’, ‘crushing’, ‘devastating’ are overused adjectives for extreme music. We wanted to force people to confront the idea that ‘brutal’ or ‘extreme’ ideas aren’t just blastbeats or angular tritones, or, more importantly, ‘brutal’ elements alongside pointedly passive elements can create their own experience that can channel both and neither.” The result is eight nuanced tracks that run the gamut from relentlessly heavy to exquisitely beautiful – often simultaneously – and instantly grab hold of the listener, demanding their full attention. However, at the same time, they are lushly textured and densely layered, and offer more with every subsequent exposure, unfurling to show hidden depths, and taking WAKE to a whole new level.

To track the album, the band once again collaborated with Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO. “Dave is someone who does something we love – supersedes what people think of him. Sure, he recorded many successful death metal albums, but his ability to understand pop music and its composition, his knowledge of music theory and his willingness to get right into the movement of a song and its chord progressions, not just the riffs, are things that go way beyond ‘death metal’. He can make hard right turns into wildly different sonic territory without batting an eyelash, and he always has an idea during the deviation, too. He contributed a lot to this record.” Having prepared exhaustively in advance, once in the studio the band were able to try new things, play with ideas and rearrange songs, having the time to go down the proverbial rabbit hole and see where it took them. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts and Vaura also makes an appearance, playing guitar on “Pareidolia” and “Observer To Master“, the latter track one of the most melodic on the record.

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

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