Wayfarer’s A Romance With Violence: the Clint Eastwoods of extreme metal strike gold

Extreme metal meets Deadwood on Denver gunslingers Wayfarer’s epic new album A Romance With Violence

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On 2018’s World’s Blood, Wayfarer unveiled an immersive melding of black metal, doom and Americana that epitomised the emergent ‘Denver sound’. Driving that vision further, they return with A Romance With Violence, their most fully realised statement yet. Playing out like a black metal Deadwood, the depravity and hostility of the Wild West feed the grim sonic narrative with equal parts aggression and melancholia, as in the stirring Masquerade Of The Gunslingers.

Tempering its thundering intensity with interludes of folk and mournful atmospherics, A Romance… paints a reverential ode to America’s most colourful era. From the sweeping heights of The Crimson Rider (Gallows Frontier, Act I) to the ragged splendour of closer Vaudeville, A Romance With Violence is a poignant and exhilarating affair that cements Wayfarer as one of American metal’s most vital current voices.

Joe Daly

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.