UGLYTWIN’s new full-length album, Oh, The Cost, packs a punch that’s worthy of being noticed. From start to finish, the band’s debut release is full of ugly riffs, eerie sound clips and enough feedback to get any fan of The Chariot interested. This Austin, Texas band made an album that hits hard and proves to labels that they’re something to keep an eye out for.
Despite their chaotic sound, they do a good job of keeping things complex, and not just a wall of noise. Their guitars are cutting and in your face. Their riffs bring back sounds that haven’t been replicated since Norma Jean released Oh God, The Aftermath. The vocals are honest and emotional, and their delivery pierces through the mix. The drums are frantic and powerful. The bass is thick and adds to their grungy tone.
The album stays fairly upbeat and heavy throughout, but they’re not afraid to slow it down a bit. Songs like “The Contrast” show their melodic talent, and it adds to the emotional feel of the album with screaming gang vocals shouted above clean ambient guitars. Their instrumental track, “The Storm,” shows the band’s power and adaptability.
Oh, The Cost is a dynamic release that shows their crushing, violent sound while still being artistic and powerful. It’s solid and intense, a turning point for UGLYTWIN and an impressive handful of songs to add to setlist.