If, as their bio states, Toronto’s the Womb are completely committed to sounding as powerful as can be, they’ve done well in borrowing a page from Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, two bands connected by a relentlessly unhinged singer and clobbering riffs.
On their debut six-song EP, the four-piece channel equal parts exuberance and heaviness into well-structured arrangements that move from murky grooves to thrash, although it works best when they fully immerse themselves in a bottom-heavy riff and let it take over. The production is fitting, capturing the music’s density without too much lustre, while vocalist Mike Simpson’s got a nasty and commanding set of pipes that he lets loose all over the place. If they keep up like this and explore some slightly less conventional influences, we can expect great things.
The Womb play Sneaky Dee’s Friday (April 18).