Witching Chronicles: Exploring the These Beasts’ Cares, Wills, Wants

In the depths of isolation and turmoil, These Beasts emerges from the shadows of Chicago’s underground music scene with their debut album, “Cares, Wills, Wants.” Friendship, the unyielding force that binds this sludgy noise rock trio, is the foundation upon which this powerful record is built. Reflecting the haunting effects of lockdowns, the weight of lost friendships, and the anguish of familial loss, the album resonates with dark and intense emotions, channeling them into a cathartic musical experience.

From the very first notes, These Beasts grabs hold of your attention and refuses to let go. The raw, unbridled power in their sound is a testament to their influences, drawing inspiration from local heroes like The Jesus Lizard, while maintaining a distinctive quality that sets them apart. Formed in 2015 by three friends, united by their love for hard-hitting, guitar-driven music, These Beasts wasted no time in taking the stage and captivating audiences with their ferocious live performances.

“Cares, Wills, Wants” is a journey through the depths of human emotion, cleverly disguised within the framework of a sludgy noise rock album. Each track on this record serves as a vessel for the band’s heartfelt lyrics, encapsulating feelings of sadness, anger, and frustration. The weight of these emotions is palpable, amplified by the relentless intensity of the music. It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride that takes you to the edge of despair, only to pull you back with an invigorating surge of energy.

The album’s production is masterfully executed, allowing the gritty guitar riffs, thunderous basslines, and thundering drums to shine through. The rawness of the sound adds an authentic and organic quality to the music, further enhancing the band’s ability to connect with listeners on a visceral level. Each instrument is given its rightful place in the mix, creating a dense sonic tapestry that envelops you and draws you deeper into These Beasts’ world.

As the album progresses, you can’t help but feel a sense of unity with These Beasts and their shared experiences. The invitation extended to both old and new friends to join this cathartic experience is genuine, as the music becomes a conduit for healing. Amidst the chaos, These Beasts offer solace through hard-hitting, brain-engaging music.

“Cares, Wills, Wants” is a powerful debut that lives up to the expectations set by the band’s earlier EPs. It showcases These Beasts’ ability to channel their personal struggles into a captivating sonic journey that resonates with anyone who has faced adversity. With this album, These Beasts roar with unrelenting force, leaving a lasting impact on the listener.

In a world that often feels divided and fragmented, These Beasts remind us of the strength found in friendship and the healing power of music. With “Cares, Wills, Wants,” they deliver an album that transcends its genre, inviting us all to confront our demons, find solace in the darkness, and emerge stronger on the other side.

Let These Beasts’ music wash over you, and allow yourself to be swept away by their emotional intensity. This is an album that demands to be heard, an experience that refuses to be ignored.

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Released by Magnetic Eye Records on April 21, 2023

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