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Whatever Forever

by Oozing Wound

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Jason Strange band here for sure. They seem to be mixing two usually mutually exclusive sounds, with a doomy/sludgy low end, paced at thrash metal speeds. It's nice to see bands can still do something new, and their sound, at least on this album, is quite enjoyable Favorite track: Rambo 5 (Pre-Emptive Strike).
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BakCristal Saw them live in Antwerp. Hooked instantly.
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Salt Keep it up fellas! It's rare that I can listen to an album all the way through and thoroughly enjoy every track. You've nailed it on this one. New drummer was a good choice. Cheers! Favorite track: Diver.
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Camryn Marquez This band's sound is really interesting to me, because for a thrash metal band, they have a pretty bass-heavy and sludgy sound. But guitar tone aside, these guys know the power of excellently crafted riffs. This album is cinematic by virtue of the virtuosity of the guitar licks on display. Favorite track: Tachycardia.
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Deluxe 2xLP version is pressed on virgin vinyl with an etching on Side 4, packaged in a gatefold jacket with high gloss varnish and artworked insert.

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    CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss varnish and 4 page booklet.

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"So refreshingly anti-bullshit are Oozing Wound that they could conceivably turn out to be the Nirvana of thrash." - Noisey

The Nirvana of thrash, you say? Well, that is exciting! It can only mean one thing — Oozing Wound will make us a lot of money and die and then make us even more! So excited were we by this possibility, that we sat down and recorded an interview with our own band. Two birds, you know — we could write the bio and get bonus material for the posthumous box set all at once!

The details:
Oozing Wound spent four days getting a studio tan at Minbal Studios in Chicago to record the new album Whatever Forever with recording engineer Matt Russell, which is four times as long as it took the band to record its 2013 debut Retrash. Russell mixed the album and it was mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering.

Now onto some of our insightful, thoughtful questions and, of course, their replies.

Interview key/guide to the band:
Z = Zack Weil, geeter and screamees
K = Kevin Cribbin, high and low bass
C = Casey Marnocha, new thudder, not often allowed to speak
Plus Kyle Reynolds on thuds and psshy sounds. Dead to us.

How do you describe the new record to someone who isn’t familiar with Oozing Wound?

Z: Tipper Gore's worst fears incarnate. A horrifying concoction of apathy and malaise wrapped in a delectable sheet of hatred, drowned in a bath of contempt represented here by club sauce. Great for parties, ask your caterer for details.

K: It’s a spicy record. Ya best be sure to over toke if this is your first trip with the ooze. Great for bong couch sessions and hot boxed car rides. Loud proper speakers a must, no laptops or little Bluetooth Mambos.

Are there any significant developments in how this record was written and recorded compared to Earth Suck and Retrash?

Z: It's better! That's right, we went back to the plant and reformulated this batch of ooze to be so potent that it had to be spread over three (3?!) sides of vinyl. You want fast shit? We got it! You want slow shit? We got it! You want weird shit? Fuck yeah, you do. The same people made it, but we all got BETTER at it this time, not worse.

K: What Zack said.

Does the album have any themes or motifs? What's the story behind the title?

Z: In the past we've explored what it means to be a band in the twenty-tennys (Retrash), and how life is a pointless pummeling from the pugilist known as existence (Earth Suck). Now we bring you Whatever Forever, a culmination of nihilism, yeah-dude radicalness of the early 90s, and the belief that taking anything too seriously is a guarantee it'll suck.

K: What Zack said.

Song-by-song breakdown:

Rambo 5 (Pre-Emptive Strike): Another love letter to the greatest movies and our hope that a fifth installment is coming. We gave it a title, Stallone. WE WANT THIS SO BAD PLEASE LET US WRITE THE THEME SONG.

Diver: Look, I'm not trying to be a downer, but when people you love die it can be, uh, painful?

Deep Space: Deep Space Nine episode 619 “In The Pale Moonlight” One of the greatest, if not the greatest, episode from the best Star Trek series (shut up, yes it is).

Mercury in Retrograde Virus: Ever notice everyone who complains that planets are out of alignment and it's fucking up their life just seems to have a fucked up life period?

Weather Tamer: Senator Jim Inhofe of pretend grown-ups state Oklahoma. The man famous for bringing a snowball onto the senate floor in a confused attempt at explaining the “big lie” of climate change. When we don't have fresh water anymore and all the coastal cities become water parks, you can thank this shit stain of a human.

Everything Sucks, And My Life Is A Lie: When you write something catchy, best to wrap it in a shroud of sarcasm.

Eruptor: Not quite a song and not quite a word. Let's play connect the songs!

Tachycardia: Ever feel like you want to die only to realize you really just want everyone else to?

You Owe Me, Iommi: Better mock your heroes too.

Sky Creep: Vladimir Komarov, the first man to die from a space mission, but not actually in space. Really fucked up story. He amended his will before the flight for an open casket funeral so the generals would have to see what they did to him. Google image search to see why!

K: What Zack said about all the songs but also: If you don't like the earth stay the hell off it for good. The idea that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our ocean is proof that a major lie is going down or more probably that we are truly the stupidest species on this planet.

Do you guys ever let your drummer speak?

Z and K: Why?

C: I grew up in Appleton …… (sorry, we fell asleep and stopped recording for a moment) …… I hated school …… (yup, happened again) …… I ventured out of Wisconsin applying to the University of Surrey's Tonmeister program, in my opinion the bees knees of audio engineering programs. Huge mind blowing experience, but I quickly ran out of money for tuition/housing/ food, so I had to drop out ……(had to get a beer, oops) …… Recently, I quit my job at an Aerospace company to work for myself repairing and designing audio gear. Life is amazing and being a part of the Ooze is making it that much sweeter (Kevin actually said that) …… oh fuck, my forearms are about to fall off and we just started playing!!! Noooo!!!! Ummm….yeah. That's about it.


released October 14, 2016


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Track Name: Rambo 5 (Pre-Emptive Strike)
Peace is a lie – broken
Broke down – A fragment of your life
No fire – no smoke, but something billows
No time – no time

Devil in disguise
The mind goes
And when it does you will die

I'm the sacrifice – sent in, and I make this shit
My life – kamikaze eyes
Tonight – we will track, and identify
Spies – the hunt begins

Pain's – not randomized
You're dead – you are dead inside
My fate's – not randomized
You're dead – you're as dead as I
Track Name: Diver
Life in the gutter – circling the drain
Not by choice
Under the weather – over the hill
It's not by choice

No appetite – diet everything
Not by choice
Not missing just – not here anymore
So make a damn choice

Red – Blood
That's what those eyes see
Blood – Blood – Blood
That's what I see

It can't kill who you are
It's so bad, but it's not so
But think, some sink, some sink
Just when you thought it a safe float
Track Name: Deep Space
I laid the first stone and I walked the path
Lost conviction in the face of death
Forged, and left for fate to see
The purer the intent, the purer the deceit

A forgery for war
A weapon does what it's for
A done deal
I can carry the weight
That always keeps you awake
That thread – bare

Back and forth – We are stuck in this endless war
Can't even tell myself what they're dying for
Casual – Casualty – Lists to read
Names, the symptoms of this horrible disease

It's a fake

Small price to pay – when you've carried that weight
When it comes to collect – I can settle the debt
Small price to pay – and I'd pay it again
Small price to pay – small price to pay

When you see what I've done
You'll be the only one

It's a fake
Track Name: Mercury In Retrograde Virus
Feeling good, feeling like a hundred bucks – feeling fine
Feeling up, feeling like it's going down – feeling fine
Feeling well, feeling like it's going dry – I'm feeling fine

Conscious killing – keeps the planet spinning
Call it magic – it don't just do it by itself
Can't fight that kind of breeding
The facts a mask revealing

Call my bluff
And watch as we align
I can keep the secret to myself
Can't fight that kind of breeding
The facts a mask revealing

Keep it clean
Track Name: Weather Tamer
Take this parasite and host
Can't control the way I control
Won't matter anyway

So no need to operate
From Genesis to revelate
A flood's a flood – a spade's a spade

When it floods – build a wall
When it rains – catch the fall
God's call – If he kills us all

Lie – lie down – I'm – I'm done
Big lie – lie down – why – why run?

It's not enough

Full horse, full steam, fool me
Can't find the key
Track Name: Everything Sucks, And My Life Is A Lie
Roads at the cross – right about midnight
I got lost – but I guessed it right
But my heart – but my heart
It's got none
Like my heart – like my heart
It's all gone

Shot in the dark – well, of course I missed
A slug on the sloth – and faster in to deep shit
Black my heart – black my heart
It's got none
Black my heart – black my heart
It's all gone

Got what you want – and at that price you pay
Eat all you got – if you can stand the taste
Track Name: Tachycardia
False heart – won't pump anymore
It won't beat – it beats me
The word that you swore – one you can't ignore
Believe what I say – or I'll make you believe

All in all...

Like a pair of eyes – body to a soul – I can only watch
I'm a rising tide – desert to myself – but it never stops
Just a pair of eyes – watching darkness grow – but it never stops
See the rising tide – trickle to a flow

Drain me, til dry, some men, don't die, they don't die
But I'll be dead
Track Name: Sky Creep
I'm burning, I'm burning up
I'm coming in
I'm crashing, taking it down
I'm coming in
You think I'm done
You think I'm done?


You bought me
You sent me
You killed me
With lies to my face
When honored – deceiving
When nervous – pride's all it takes
Brezhnev wants haste
Pressure wants space
Maybe in death
The words will connect
You did this to me
You did this to me

Sky creep

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