Riwen are a band from Sweden that plays a very heavy form of hardcore and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep which will be released in October by Indie Recordings.
A very dark and heavy hardcore style sound starts off the ep along with some melodic leads which are also brought back again on the last track and the heaviness of metal as well as some angry shouting and screaming style vocals, the music on the recording also has more of a darker and sinister edge than most bands that play this musical genre.
Most of the music on all 3 tracks sticks mostly to a slow or mid paced direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and on the second track the music does start to speed up a bit and you can also hear the raw energy of punk rock being added into the bands musical style and on the last track you can hear a small amount of clean playing in certain sections of the song along with a few seconds of spoken word parts and violins.
Riwen plays a style of hardcore that has more of a darker sound than most bands of the genre while also bringing in the raw energy of punk rock and th e heaviness of metal to create 3 songs that show how heavy this genre can be at times, the production has a very dark yet professional sound while the lyrics cover a dark subject matter along with the last track being written in Swedish.
In my opinion Riwen are a very great sounding hardcore band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Values". 8 out of 10.