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Review of the Album Called Death-a-Holic, the Last Album by Finnish Melodic Death Metal Band the Wake

Updated on June 8, 2020
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Introduction to the Album "Death-a-Holic"

Finnish melodic death metal band The Wake will be largely forgotten by fans because of the fact that these guys split up in 2008. Their second and final studio album called "Death-a-Holic" released in 2005 is a respectable work that has that Dark Tranquillity influence in the first song with a little bit of modern twist to it. One word of warning: the riffs and the mood of this album are so intense that they could send a chill up your spine. But if you are ready to witness some good, modern melodic death metal then The Wake is good enough.

About the Second Song Called Rejected

The second song called Rejected has a sort of Arch Enemy influence to it as the song talks about someone that feels like they are somehow decayed and although there seems to be a glimmer of hope for him, he is falling down slowly. In life, even if we are rejected it is our responsibility to get back up and keep on living. The band might have been in a somber mood when they wrote this song.


What Makes This Album So Somber Musically?

The vocals could certainly have been better though. When I began to review this album, my mood was in a positive state and that’s the ideal mood to be in if you want to be able to handle the somber nature of this album. When I say somber, this album is not somber and moody like Norway’s Tristania where you have the dark doom metal atmosphere dominating the songs. The vocal grunts combined with the feel of the album is what makes it somber to handle. But nonetheless, if you are brave and in a good mood, this album should be an enjoyable experience for you.

"Mindless Wrecking Progress"

One More Way, Downward Groove, and The Elbow of Zeus

One More Way is the next song in this somber album and it is about a person that feels like he is so alone and he never felt this bad in his life. In spite of the fact that the lyrics of this album are so somber, the melodies make up for it creating a rather enjoyable listening experience. Downward Groove lyrically is about a person’s descent into alcoholism. The Elbow of Zeus is a song about a person that is losing control of his life. He is asking for help. He had his years of fortune and fame and he feels like those years have been stolen from him.

Final Thoughts About the Album

Mindless Wrecking Progress is a fast song that sounds like a very fast song by Swedish band In Flames. I believe the reason that the band didn’t attract a larger fan base is due to their lyrical content but it is what it is. The title track of this album is about the importance of praying for salvation otherwise your will won’t be done. Do we dream when we are dead? Without salvation, our lives are said to be nothingness. The last song called Nailgun is about a person that feels like he is lost in his life. He struggling to keep up with life as he is further away from home. Overall, Death-a-Holic is an average melodic death metal release but it is good enough for people that are experienced with the genre.

This album is average compared to their debut album Ode to My Misery. Ode to My Misery had more hooks in it to keep fans more interested though the vocals aren’t any different on that album compared to this one.


© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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