After last years split release The Family Biz with NYHC kingpins Madball, Pennsylvania hardcore heroes Wisdom In Chains return with their new album Nothing In Nature Respects Weakness and much like that split and their last album 2015s The God Rhythm it’s a bruising collection of anthems ready made for action on the dancefloor.
While the energetic rhythms and slamming breakdowns that Wisdom In Chains are renowned for are all in check throughout this album and create a sense of hardcore frenzy, there is a focus on deadly serious subjects for the songs and lyrics which are handled with maturity and positivity through the albums thirteen songs. Subjects that thankfully are being talked about more and more these days such as depression, suicide and mental health issues are openly addressed here on this album as the band have experience in such issues so that they are handled with compassion and strength and the results are both refreshing and inspiring.
Songs such as Better Than I Was and Slow Drown (which sees Eaten Alives Davin Bernard guest on the track) tackle the subjects head on and the positivity shines through amongst the heaviness and on songs like The Boy And The Cave and the beautiful nature of closing track Halfway There (which features some soulful vocals from Angel Buckley), the vibe is powerful without being so in your face and that closing track in particular comes from a similar place to Suicidal Tendencies classic How Will I Laugh Tomorrow, When I Can’t Even Smile Today both in sound and subject matter.
The ST cycos are a big influence on the bands sound on this album it seems as are Agnostic Front and this mixture of hardcore styles shows that the band do in your face hardcore as good as any as well of course and tracks like the opening blast of Life Lessons and Turn My Back are prime Wisdom In Chains and the bands and all the different themes and styles on Nothing In Nature Respects Weakness makes for essential listening.
There is a real energetic catchiness too to certain tracks on the album which adds another layer to proceedings such as Ultimatum, Duck Down Stay Down and Someday which features Madball frontman Freddy Cricien (and featured on the split from last year) and this helps to cement that positive atmosphere as well.
The entire album is one that yields hope and is a message to never give up even through the toughest of circumstances and throughout, Wisdom In Chains prevail with the best kind of hardcore positivity and they should definitely be applauded for that. A versatile and above all vital album.
Hardcore heroes return with a bruising collection of songs with an inspiring amount of energy and passion.