I've been a big supporter of Oozing Wound right from their beginnings early this year
. Cacaw was one of my favorite Chicago bands ever, and though I was bummed at their unceremonious breakup in late 2011, I was beyond excited to see what would be next from the players involved. In about a month the world will be able to hear for itself, because Oozing Wound (whose lineup includes half of Cacaw) will put out their first release, a tape titled Vape and Pillage
. It's a high-quality recording, punishing and brutal—it's mastered loud as fuck and the mix is razor sharp. Its four tracks of blistering thrash have more in common with Zath
, another group that features singer-guitarist Zack Weil, than they do with the primitive, noisy dirge of Cacaw. Today's 12 O'Clock Track
is the first song from the tape, due on Rotted Tooth Recordings
, the label run by drummer Kyle Reynolds. It's a hard, solid, to-the-point thrasher. No psychedelic flourishes, no far-out instrumentation, no bullshit—just high-octane heavy metal. Listen after the jump.