Fast forward a few months when they proceeded to tear Vancouver a new one as they trounced their way to the top becoming the British Columbia representative at the Wacken Metal Battle Canada and playing the national final in Toronto.
Neck of The Woods have blazed quite the path in their short but illustrious tenure. After spending the better part of a year barricaded in the jam space, honing those demonic skills, they would come out of the rehearsal spot a polished force to be reckoned with, dropping two demos "Left Behind" and "Two Smokes."
A few more ripping local shows under their belt with the likes of The Faceless, Havok, Wretched and others, here we are in May of 2015. The release of their eponymous self titled EP is upon us and I for one am completely knocked out by what they have accomplished with this initial release.
Six tracks of mayhem would be the understatement of the century. "Disavow" starts things off with a major bang. The musicianship is tight, the sound is full and the overall product is downright evil. Guitarists Dave Carr and Travis Hein are the riffing masters that make this album such a standout. The two Jeff's, Radomsky and Brown, make it their agenda to annihilate the mic and drums respectively.
Jason Puder is the new man on the bass strings and he lends many years of experience as he's been in killer bands such as Skull Vultures and does a ton of solid work for the city of Vancouver in setting up and promoting unrelenting metal shows.
"Trap Door", "I Know Where I'll Bury You" and "Torch" lead the way with awesome leads and an unflinching groove as well. The rhythm section is another highlight on an album full of nothing but highlights. The aforementioned demos take a rightful place on here as well.
With an appearance at Armstrong Metalfest, Calgary Metalfest and a Western Canadian tour on the horizon, there is basically nothing that will stop Neck of The Woods and their ascent to the top of the metal kingdom.
May 22. Go buy the NOTW debut EP. You won't regret it. Go catch them live May 30 at The Astoria when they have the physical release show too.
You'll more than enjoy watching bassist Jason Puder in his first gig with the band, Dave Carr and his wonderful beard and vocalist Jeff Radomsky take off his shirt in three songs or less!
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