Local Reviews

Wally Boy Wonder And Integrity Get Graded

Wally Boy Wonder

Where's Wally?

(Intolerance)

wallyboywonder.com

While his rapid-fire delivery of tongue-twisting rhymes seems a bit derivative (think a more urban Mike Doughty) and the moniker is a bit much, Wally Boy Wonder has assembled a talented bunch of musicians around him. The crew includes former members of Filter, Warrant and the Twist-Offs, and they provide an alternately atmospheric and groovy backing beat for Wally Boy Wonder's spoken-word pieces. It's actually best when the band just jams, like it does at the end of "Tune In," and when Wally Boy Wonder pairs up with guests like Wyze G Tha Poet (who fires back "motherfuckers can't stand you Wally!"). Originally self-released last year, Intolerance has just reissued the CD to provide better distribution. It's worthy of the increased attention. - Jeff Niesel

Integrity

Walpurgisnacht EP

(a389)

myspace.com/integrity

Integrity frontman Dwid has revived his biggest band to stake a claim to the world it helped create. On the 7-inch EP Walpurgisnacht - named for a pagan rite of spring - the pioneering metalcore outfit's fifth incarnation is more metal than ever. Michael Jochum plays the band's best leads since long-departed original axeman Aaron Melnick. On the diabolical descent of a title track, both the guitarist and singer sound like they're being dragged into hell, Jochum wailing, Dwid bellowing. American Werewolves drummer Nathan Jochum deploys a double-bass assault across two five-minute epics about war in the heavens and hell on Earth. The songs are available free via the band's website, but the EP is a must-have for collectors, if only for its red vinyl and cover art of Charles Manson conquering the Kremlin. - D.X. Ferris

Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.