Friday, March 25, 2011

Young And In The Way - I Am Not What I Am (2011)


"Formed in the early months of 2009 by four eager individuals in search of an opening to flee their discontent with the mundane routine of normal life and their past musical endeavors. Young and in the Way found that escape in the form of a small wooden shed on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC. It was here the band crafted their first release simply and appropriately titled “Newborn.” The band played their first handful of live shows throughout the remaining months of 2009 nailing their debut EP into an out of print coffin.Young and in the Way spent the Winter months of late 2009 and early 2010 recording a new album titled “Amen.” The band emerged with the full length in March 2010 and received some label attention and interest in releasing the album. Young and in the Way opted for an independent release of “Amen” which was followed by a number of live shows and a Southeastern tour of the United States.During the Spring months of 2010 Young and in the Way began writing new material between shows and while awaiting the release of the second album “Amen.” The band completed a recording session of six new songs that was originally intended only for personal reference and was shelved for several months with no intention of being released. Several months later the band revisited the session with fresh ears and remixed the recording. “Cloven Hoof” was created and released.Young and in the Way took the remaining months of 2010 to focus on writing new material. During the Winter months of 2010 and 2011 the band recorded a new album titled “I Am Not What I Am.” The new album is set for an independent vinyl release in Spring 2011."

HOLY FUCK, HOLY FUCK, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLY FUUUUUUUUUUUCK! First, I just want to start off this little review by saying YOUNG AND IN THE WAY ARE SO FUCKING AWESOME!!! But yeah, these guys are soooo good. I picked up all their stuff earlier today and listened to all of it at once. I was kind of skeptical because their earlier stuff like Newborn very hardcore sounding but as I got into Amen my view quickly changed on this band, especially with their 15 minute or whatever track at the end that was chock-filled with sludgey goodness. They followed up with another 2010 release, Cloven Hoof, which heavily combined that sludge sound, hardcore, and even through in some very crust-like vocals. 2011 has brought us their full-length album, I Am Not What I Am. This by far is their BEST release yet. It takes what they've previously done and just have gone above and beyond. I almost want to say they sound like Trap Them, All Pigs Must Die, or Nails but they have a real blackened crust sound to them and are hell of a lot more sludgier. I'm really surprised that this band hasn't been gobbled up by Deathwish Inc. I'm not saying it's a good thing but these guys definitely need some recognition because this is one heavy as fuck album. The production on this album is top notch and will definitely have it's go in your library a few times. I really love the bands name too. They just present themselves with that pissed off kind of defeatist attitude. YEAH, WE'ER YOUNG AND IN THE WAY? SO FUCKING WHAT?! I'm going to have to put this album in my top three slot for favorite releases of 2011 so far, behind Trap Them's Darker Handcraft and Deafheaven's Road To Judah. Fans of anything on Deathwish Inc should totally grab this!



  1. you should definitely check this one out

  2. I've seen the name around and never got around to actually listening to them. Thanks for the link!

  3. hey saw you had one of the YAITW records on here, we are releasing the torch runner / young and in the way split 7" this month. (pre-orders are up now) you wanna post up a download link for it? if so hit me up at: xfearnogodx AT gmail DOT com and I'll send you over the info!


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