Release Review: Hotel Wrecking City Traders – Ikiryo

Stoner rock/metal is a genre I have begun to love in recent months and I’ve been extensively researching the back catalogues of bands such as Kyuss, Truckfighters and Bongripper. One band that I recently came across was Hotel Wrecking City Traders, after seeing them at the Hole in the Wall in Colchester (read my report here) I purchased their album Ikiryo without hesitation. It’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised by the final product.

The most interesting thing about the band is that there are only two members. Brothers Ben Wrecker (drums) and Toby Wrecker (guitar) have created a dynamic and interesting addition to the ever expanding stoner scene. From the optimistic sounding opener of ‘Breath’, to the space odyssey of closer ‘Ikiryo’, the album is one that fans of the genre should definitely be in a hurry to check out. The influence of their peers is clearly recognisable – with the riffs of Kyuss appearing in ‘Tetryl’, the influence of the California desert is clear throughout. The album hits hard and fast at points but that is by no means a criticism as it hits home during some of the faster sections. The lack of a bass guitar or vocals didn’t matter to me as I felt they wouldn’t add anything to it.

The album is best described as a journey that starts off well and despite a few bumps along the way, gets to its destination safely. Despite being only five tracks long, Ikiryo is a voyage every stoner metal fan should take.

Best Track: Breath, Dance the Hempen Jig

Hotel Wrecking City Traders Ikiryo Cover

1. Breath
2. Riley
3. Dance the Hempen Jig
4. Tetryl
5. Ikiryo

Hotel Wrecking City Traders Band Pic 1

Hotel Wrecking City Traders are:
Ben Wrecker – Drums
Toby Wrecker – Guitar

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About Jack (819 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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