Monday 29 January 2018


BandUNTOLD WANT aka Iwakura
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Powerviolence / Grindcore / Noise
Related artistsProduct Lust, Seed Bomb, American Haiku, Wrinkle, Orphans, Damaru, Dirty Few, Little Crane and Primitive Man.
CountryDenver, Colorado U.S.A.
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Soft Veils"
Album: "Yarrow"
Year: 2017
For fans ofRuhaeda. Advocate, Flesh Born, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Creeper, The Blood Brothers, Under A Sky So Blue, Haunter, Clancy Six, Tentacles, Phoenix Bodies, Portrayal Of Guilt, Carl Johnson, Carol, Systral, Anger Is Beautiful and Council Of Rats aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / Middle Man Records / Icorrupt Records / Dingleberry Records / Contrition Recordings / Off Cloud Nine Label / Swollen Lungs / Blind Eye Records / Ozona Records
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

I only became aware of UNTOLD WANT (at that time active under their previous moniker Iwakura) because I happened to catch their set at Swamp Fest II 2016. Not only did I become aware, but I was flabbergasted. Their live show was infectious in a poisonous way, with the anger and passion oozing from the band as well as the music. Anyhoos, I became hooked and then somehow (aka Shawn Decker, thank you!) I became involved in the 'Yarrow' split 10" and was able to help release those four bombs. I was also then given a previously unreleased track from the 'Yarrow' session to release on the Zampler #10 compilation! It's been quite a trip.

In early 2014 the band released their debut 'Demos' as Iwakura. It's six pulverizing and screamy tracks that seamlessly blend hardcore with many aspects of screamo and metal. "North" is a very strong opener, pulsating and heaving whilst being held together by throat-shredding vocals. "Amber Teeth, Splintered" is chaotic and heavy as fuck, "A Paper Mantis" is downright scary, "Without Reflecting, Shooting Glances Out the Windows" has awesome screaming and drums, "Crooked Feathers" is 43 seconds of mayhem while closer "Rain Dance" is a whopping 4:32 in length and a audio portal into the depths of hell.

The following year (2015), UNTOLD WANT (still Iwakura at that point) were on a 7" 'Gas Up Yr Hearse! split', contributing three songs of hyperactive hardcore with much more craziness than the 'Demos' session. Opener "Kindling Crystals" rips through in 45 seconds with some bombastic bass riffs and cacophonous shrieking, "A Forest of Dead Trees" makes it apparent the shift to faster, sharper and more technical hardcore/emo-violence is their new direction, and the final track "Bitter Hands" seals the deal, as it also bites the dust before a minute but manages to tear and claw at the listener with multiple screamers, breakdowns and pummeling instrumentals.

There was a single released at an unknown time, apparently, as "Pecked Apart by The Beaks Of A Thousand Crows" was, by my guess, recorded somewhere between 2014 and 2016, likely closer to 2016. It's your typical UNTOLD WANT track at this point, and that means it's hella good. In late 2016 I was able to catch them at Swamp Fest in Richmond, Virginia and they were easily one of the best sets over three nights. Their passion and presence during the set was extremely intense and the songs sounded amazing, to boot, so click here for that..

I was hoping to help with the band's next effort, and actually told them so, and as fate set in thanks to Middle Man's Shawn Decker, I was able to help release the 'Yarrow' 10" on my label Zegema Beach Records. The first four songs on this heavyweight 4-way split are the UNTOLD WANT songs, and holy shit do they set things off right. Opener "Nameless/Formless" is a furious song, letting the chugs and ear-shattering vocals do their work in just 1:20, whose length is repeated on the next track as "Bright As Ash" follows, giving more extremes in the cathartic violence as well as a subdued midsection. "Soft Veils" is my favourite of their songs, as it bounces around with some killer bass until the track goes supernova at 40 seconds and brings the house down. Rounding out the UNTOLD WANT songs is "Second Child", a slow and brooding romp until about 50 seconds when it goes batshit crazy gets as screamy as SeeYouSpaceCowboy. Oooo baby!

Recorded in the same session as the 4-way songs, "Why-wolves" was released exclusively on the 'Zamper #10 - Goddamn Bugs Whacked Us, Johnny' cdr compilation on Zegema Beach Records. The song is stellar and ferociously attacks the listener for its duration, with my favourite part being the dual vocal death breath that invades the listener's sense from 40 right up until the 1:38 close.

I don't know what they are planning next, but holy shit I'm fucking stoked. Actually, I just found out that a member has joined another band and UNTOLD WANT is now on hiatus aka drummer needed.



2014 - Demos cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Gas Up Yr Hearse! split 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Pecked Apart by the Beaks of a Thousand Crows digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - Yarrow (split w/Ostraca, Vril & Coma Regalia) 10"LP (stream/buy here)

2018 - Zampler #10 Goddamn Bugs Wacked Us, Johnny cdr (contributed "Why-wolves") (stream/donate/download here)


(2018) UNTOLD WANT - "Why-wolves" (from 'Zampler #10')

(2017) UNTOLD WANT - "Soft Veils" (from 'Yarrow')

(2017) UNTOLD WANT - "Nameless/Formless" (from 'Yarrow')

(2016) UNTOLD WANT - "Second Child" live at Swamp Fest II

(2016) UNTOLD WANT - "Kindling Crystals" (from 'Gas Up Yr Hearse!' split)

(2016) UNTOLD WANT - "Bitter Hands" (from 'Gas Up Yr Hearse!' split)

(201?) UNTOLD WANT - "Pecked Apart by the Beaks of a Thousand Crows" (from 'Pecked Apart by the Beaks of a Thousand Crows')

(2014) UNTOLD WANT - "Crooked Feathers" (from 'Demos')

(2014) UNTOLD WANT - "Without Reflecting, Shooting Glances Out the Windows" (from 'Demos')


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