KWC don’t just create heavy music, the band give it time to gestate and mutate, evolving into something beyond what it first began.
Piecework is the culmination of not only the six-year gap since their last release but everything the band created before it. Sludge heavy dirges draped in a dynamic that allows the riffs embedded within to breathe in a post-metal atmosphere that is still unlike so much other music bouncing across the saturated grounds of the heavy music climate.
This is a band that I have always struggled to describe to mates as any more than expansive: that nature is everywhere on this album and despite that expanse within the tracks, nothing ever drags on beyond its welcome. Kowloon Walled City have managed to wrestle their meandering tendencies and deliver a more succinct and to the point album, still on their own terms.
It is also their most interesting album, leaving some of the best material for the album closing pair of When We Fall Through the Floor and Lampblack. The crushing weight and vacuum created within the ebb and flow of the tar thick riffs and strained howl of vocalist Scott Evans is oddly comforting in its ability to release something primal, urging you to hold on through the silent pauses it hands out, for the next brief passage of musical relief.
If you are familiar with this band you will appreciate the focus of what the album has, for a new listener I urge you to give it several spins to focus on all of the elements that make up the hidden surprises within.
3. Oxygen tent
4. You Had a Plan
6. When We Fall Through the Floor