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Band: KOWLOON WALLED CITY
Genres: Punk / Noise Rock / Post-Hardcore / Sludge-Metal / Doom
Related artists: Hoodlum Empire, Puig Destroyer, Redemption 87, Skankin' Pickle,
Bludge and Plink.
Country: San Francisco, USA
Years Active: 2007-present
Song: "Wrong Side of History"
Album: "Container Ships"
For fans of: Old Man Gloom, Ladder Devils, Doomriders, Akimbo, Lentic Waters,
Ken Mode, Norma Jean, Isis, Cave In, Converge, The Minor Times, Botch
Capsule and Back When.
Botch is the only other heavy band that gets me moving and grooving like KOWLOON WALLED CITY do, and KWC do it in a much subtler and entrancing way. Honestly, tell me to stay still whilst listening to "Wrong Side of History", "Paper Houses" or "Turk, Taylor and Jones" and it is a physical impossibility.
KOWLOON WALLED CITY bust out heavy post-hardcore/sludge on every release. The songs sound as if they are lacquered in melodic riffing and then tossed into a scrapyard for years in order to rust. The songs are jagged, layered, aggressive, dark and caustic. Check them 3 tracks, especially "Wrong Side of History" and rejoice that bands like this exist!
KWC employs many small things that come together very nicely as a cohesive whole. There are some Cave In-styled hardcore/metal songs, Old Man Gloom and Doomriders sounding tracks, palm muting that reminds me of Isis and some sections that sound like very early Norma Jean and Botch...but in the end, KWC is built on a very solid foundation of heavy, distorted and homicidal bass riffing. Check out "Turk, Taylor and Jones" at the 2:02-mark. I don't think music can drop much lower than that. Fans of newer Capsule will also dig this band. Get on it, boyeeee.
2008 - Turk Street 10"EP (stream/download/donations here)
2009 - Gambling on the Richter Scale cd/12"LP (stream/download/donations here)
2010 - Lose Lose Lose (w/Ladder Devils/Fight Amp) 12"LP (stream/download/donations here)
2012 - Container Ships cd/12"LP (stream/download/donations here)
2012 - Thou Split 7" (download KWC track here)
(2008) KOWLOON WALLED CITY - "Turk, Taylor and Jones" (from 'Turk Street' cd) LIVE VIDEO
(2009) KOWLOON WALLED CITY - "Paper Houses" (from 'Gambling on the Richter Scale' cd) AUDIO
(2012) KOWLOON WALLED CITY - "Wrong Side of History" (from 'Container Ships' cd) AUDIO
KOWLOON WALLED CITY additional links