Oozing Wound play the Black Heart Saturday April 4th, tickets available below:

Chicago’s riff hoarding power trio Oozing Wound have just announced that their first ever UK tour will kick off in Nottingham this March, before calling at Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, London and Milton Keynes – and to celebrate, they’ve released a brand new video for their supremely heavy song ‘Hippie Speedball’, which you can watch right here…

Comprised of Zack Weil (guitar, vocals), Kevin Cribbin (bass), and Kyle Reynolds (drums), the band have steadily conquered the Chicago underground, one sweaty basement show at a time. Now, they’re finally ready to bring the party to this side of the pond, with a full European tour confirmed in support of their latest album for Thrill Jockey, ‘Earth Suck’, calling at nine different countries and including an appearance on Roadburn Festival’s hallowed turf. 

It’s hard to slap a genre onto Oozing Wound’s brash, hyperactive sound – they’re often referred to as a thrash band, and though they surely have the speed, energy and youthful exuberance to back up that claim, they also have all manner of big fat Sabbathian grooves and histrionic, feedback drenched guitar freakouts that have more in common with sludge or noise rock than they do anything in the thrash canon. It’s like Kreator circa ’86 thrashed so hard they tore a hole in the space-time continuum and just about to managed to binge through the High On Fire discography before going completely insane.

Either way, just rest assured that these guys write the kind of big, obnoxious riffs that can’t fail to plaster a huge grin across your face. Or, in Weil’s words, “loud fucking guitars and screaming and shit. We don’t sing, and we don’t write big choruses. Anything like that gets checked by the wayside because, fuck it, it’s not us.”

But you didn’t come here for words, now, did you? You came here for riffs – and you’ll find a metric fucktonne of them in the video for ‘Hippie Speedball’