Release Review: Hotel Wrecking City Traders – Ode to Chunn

One of my favourite musical discoveries of the year was Hotel Wrecking City Traders. After being impressed at their show in Colchester (reviewed here), I purchased their brilliant album Ikiryo (reviewed here) and I often put it on when I came home after a long day. They released another EP this year but slightly different, the one-track twenty-one-minute Ode to Chunn. After witnessing the band play an improvised version of Ode at The Hole in the Wall, I had to hear what it sounded like on record.

For a twenty-one-minute song, it certainly holds your interest. Wisely, the song goes through many changes to make the progression of the song exciting. At some parts the song is quiet and feels like an astral voyage, later on the song contrasts and gets heavier and faster. These nice changes make Ode To Chunn a joy to listen to – spice certainly is the variety of life. Lots of different genres are at play here; desert, space, stoner, progressive and psychedelic are all crammed into 21 minutes but are given space to breath and flourish in their own way. HWCT are a two man group, one guitar and a drummer, and the two make a deadly combination. Deadly riffs and solos blend with precise beats and a solid rhythm that helps carry this one-track wonder. My problem with this though is that it ended on a whimper and not a bang, after listening for 20 minutes I was expecting a big finale but instead it sort of fizzled out. Perhaps it will be better live but the ending left me slightly miffed. But don’t let this put you off, this is probably the best one-track EP of the year.

Hotel Wrecking City Traders, Ode to Chunn

HWCT are:
Toby Wrecker – Guitars
Ben Wrecker – Drums

Hotel Wrecking City Traders Band Pic 2

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About Jack (874 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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