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Woodhawk 'Violent Nature' By Allyson Kingsley

Woodhawk

Violent Nature

Self-Released

Release Date: November 1, 2019

By Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

Lineup:

Turner Midzain – Vocals & Guitar

Mike Badmington – Bass & Vocals

Kevin Nelson – Drums

 

Woodhawk is from Calgary and as you know, the rock and metal coming from Canada has been pure fire. They started in 2014 and released a self-titled EP. With a strong interest in matters of science fiction they released their first full length in 2017 entitled Beyond the Sun. I highly recommend checking out that album. Hard to fully describe their sound except to say it's very unique and has a strong 70s vibe. They have a phenomenal groove and their songs flow smoothly. In early 2019 Woodhawk returned to the studio, specifically Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC and worked with Jesse Gander (AnciientsBison3 Inches of Blood) to record their follow up Violent Nature.

Violent Nature veers off in a different direction, one that is perhaps darker and based on some real life experiences, loss of personal relationships, losing someone to suicide or drugs. Unfortunately in the rock and metal world this hits home for many people.

We begin with deeper tones heard on "Snake in the Grass" and it feels as though they are speaking of being in the lowest places of life and feeling frantic and as though you can't find your way out. "Weightless Light" begins with these lyrics:

 

'What if one day, I don’t wake up

And all I’ve hoped for, was not enough

If I stay sleepless, am I still here

Or have I succumb to, disappear'

 

This particular verse hit me hard as I recall after experiencing the suicide of my best friend I wrote one night, "Would they cry if I died or simply went away." That pain is my relation to this song.

"Old Silence" has a definite Black Sabbath influence in its riffs, very rich, deep and just simply rolls with the lyrics perfectly.  "Clear the Air" is slightly different, slowed down a bit in a bluesy manner and perhaps a hint of a southern rock flavor. The title track "Violent Nature" seems to have quite a different time signature and is gritty and chock full of depth. The lyrics are dark, melancholy and Turner's vocals are yearning, pleading. You truly get a sense of the gloom within the album without it becoming murky.

 

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