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War Brides / Press

“Have you taken a punch in the face? Not? Want to get the feel, but without feeling the blood dripping? So, listen War Brides, a post-hardcore, even as they call themselves, able to make your blood boil. With heavy and raw vocals, the band is a good reference for a band with good influences but a sound with its own personality. Suitable for those who have no fear of loud music or taking a punch in the face.”

“I was in the mood for some noise over the weekend and stumbled upon a new album from Chicago four-piece band, War Brides. The band "follow in a long line of Midwest post-hardcore, calling to mind the sounds of Slint and Shiner with echoes of 1000 Hurts era Shellac...[and] slot just as comfortably alongside contemporaries like noise rock’s Pissed Jeans." Burden features vein-popping vocals liked Pissed Jeans but with a bleaker, metal-rooted sound. The more I listen to the album, the more I get a Helmet vibe. Influences and comparisons aside, I enjoyed what these guys put down.”

“...Here is something that I’ve been spinning pretty frequently for the past week or so. They’re called War Brides, they are from Chicago, and they melted my face off. If you’re a fan of the way METZ or Pissed Jeans make a raucous mess of everything while shouting really loudly then this should suit you just fine. Burden, the band’s latest EP, is six songs of unrelenting noise, pained shouts, and heavy distortion. The genius of the band is evidenced in they are able to corral all of these chaotic elements and channel them down into one focused, driving force. Like the power of the sun harnessed by a microscope with the intent of roasting some ants, War Brides have set their sights on your eardrums and they will not relent until the ringing in your ears becomes louder than the music itself. I’m sold”

“War Brides is a four piece post hardcore/noise rock band from Chicago, Il who formed in September of 2010. War Brides play a killer style of noise rock tinged post hardcore that takes the fury of bands such as Breather Resist or Engineer and combines that with a heavy dose of AmRep style noise rock couple with the noise punk leanings of Shellac. These combination of sounds makes for a dynamic, sludgey, and ferocious listen. Burden is War Brides' latest six song LP, which was self released by the band via bandcamp on May 14th 2013. Overall this is an amazing album and War Brides is an absolute must listen for fans of Tile, Throat, and Engineer. I also included the band's Terminus EP for you to check out as well. Highly recommended! Enjoy!”

“This will definitely be the heaviest thing in this column. War Brides are a Chicago-based band who draws obvious influence from the likes of Pissed Jeans. Their music is raw, heavy and powerful. I’m not 100% sure how I stumbled across this band, but I’m extremely glad I did because I haven’t been able to stop listening to them ever since. Their opening track is so powerful that I promise you that you’ll be compelled to listen to the remaining five tracks. Those tracks are nothing to shake a stick at either. They are equal in heaviness as well as catchy and extremely memorable. There is a slight Mastodonian vibe to these guys and I love it. Pure, unadulterated and punishing, hoorah for War Brides. Rating: A+ Favorite track: “Shark””

“War Brides play a metallic version of noise rock, like Metz, or Jesus Lizard, only infused with a sludge metal sensibility. I think I said before it's like Tragedy meets Slint. Got that?...they are clearly part of that illustrious midwestern school of noise, but they really amp up the aggression. That's why I bring up Today is the Day. I don't think I've heard a band that sounds this pissed off since Steve Austin's boys were a big deal. As a matter of fact, listen to a song like "Horse" or "Mean Drunk" and tell me you don't hear at least a little Today is the Day in there. If you're into extreme Metal because it's "brutal", have I got a band for you... Actually, that thought amuses me- some death metal dude getting the bejesus scared out of him by these guys. If you liked the Homestead/AmRep/Touch and Go alt rock, again, have I got a band for you.. Others are comparing them to Shellac. Maybe if you put Steve Albini on gorilla hormones, and made him listen to Liz Phair until he cracked.”