WAKE Announces North American Record Release Shows For Thought Form Descent

Photo by Cole Hadley

On July 22nd, Canada’s WAKE will unleash their sixth full-length, Thought Form Descent, via Metal Blade Records. Upon record release, the band will kick off a five-show run across Canada that celebrates Thought Form Descent, featuring openers Bleeding Out, Executioner’s Mask, Atrae Billis, and The Weir. Following these appearances, WAKE will return to the USA for a few special performances, also in support of this new album. See all confirmed dates below.

WAKE Thought Form Descent Release Shows:
7/22/2022 BSMT 254 – Toronto, ON w/ Bleeding Out, Executioner’s Mask, Atrae Billis, The Weir
7/23/2022 Turbo House – Montreal, QC w/ Bleeding Out, Executioner’s Mask, Atrae Billis, The Weir
7/24/2022 L’Anti – Quebec City, QC w/ Bleeding Out, Executioner’s Mask, Atrae Billis, The Weir
8/05/2022 Starlite Room *- Edmonton, AB w/ Bleeding Out, Executioner’s Mask, Atrae Billis, The Weir
8/06/2022 The Palomino – Calgary, AB w/ Bleeding Out, Executioner’s Mask, Atrae Billis, The Weir
9/07/2022 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
9/08/2022 Eagles – Minneapolis, MN
9/09/2022 Wake Brewing 5 Year Anniversary – Rock Island, IL
9/10/2022 Dreary North Fest – Chicago, IL

Never a band interested in repeating themselves, WAKE has evolved with every release. 2020’s Devouring Ruin made this clearer than ever, hammering the point home with the Confluence EP in the same year, and now they return with Thought Form Descent – their most dynamic, diverse and emotional release to date. “I’d describe the record as a place to reconsider what ‘extreme’ means. The words ‘brutal’, ‘crushing’, ‘devastating’ are overused adjectives for extreme music. We wanted to force people to confront the idea that ‘brutal’ or ‘extreme’ ideas aren’t just blastbeats or angular tritones, or, more importantly, ‘brutal’ elements alongside pointedly passive elements can create their own experience that can channel both and neither.” The result is eight nuanced tracks that run the gamut from relentlessly heavy to exquisitely beautiful – often simultaneously – and instantly grab hold of the listener, demanding their full attention. However, at the same time, they are lushly textured and densely layered, and offer more with every subsequent exposure, unfurling to show hidden depths, and taking WAKE to a whole new level.

To track the album, the band once again collaborated with Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado. Having prepared exhaustively in advance, once in the studio the band were able to try new things, play with ideas and rearrange songs, having the time to go down the proverbial rabbit hole and see where it took them. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts and Vaura also makes an appearance, playing guitar on “Pareidolia” and “Observer To Master,” the latter track one of the most melodic on the record.

Preview and purchase Thought Form Descent visit: metalblade.com/wake.