Wake in Fright

Uniform - Wake in Fright
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #270 / 716
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2017 Ratings: #492
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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Their fevered, relentless sophomore record is the sound of clawing for survival and sanity.


Uncompromising, yet oddly accessible (in a relative sense) Wake in Fright is an early candidate for sleeper pick of the year.

No Ripcord
While I wouldn’t put Uniform’s brand of anxiety and the discomfort they generate to the level of labelmate Pharmakon, an artist of similarly dark and mechanized persuasion, Uniform’s American nightmare is relatable and honest, revealing the dangers of dependency, the want of escape, and the problematic effects one can experience while trying to end that bond.
The Line of Best Fit

The album digs for transcendence by jackhammering away at the ills and addictions that afflict individuals and hold us back collectively. Uniform’s journey to zen through anger leads to draining music for the morning after.


Terrifying and violent, Wake in Fright is a perfectly logical response to the state of the world.

Drowned in Sound

Wake in Fright’s selling point is that – no matter how well it binds together varied musical strands – it is that rare contemporary record that convincingly portrays real hostility.

I thought I was gonna hate this after hearing the first 3 tracks as I thought all 3 of them were really weak. The vocals and songwriting just didn't lend to the lo-fi sound they were toying with very well on these songs, I thought it was a pretty awkward blend honestly. But from track 4 onwards, I thought the album was awesome. It created a very thick, dark atmosphere and a few of the tracks on the 2nd half were some of the most manic i've heard in a long time, ended up being a very memorable ... read more
EDIT: No. Old Review Below

would have given this a higher rating were it not for the weird vocal mixing. as plenty of other people have mentioned in their reviews, it clashes too much with the lofi sound of all the other instruments. still some very good metal with incredible atmosphere at times, just could have been improved significantly with better mixing.

fav tracks: bootlicker, the ... read more
Fuck yes,

The vocals could use some cleaning up though, I don't know if it was poor mastering or by design but the vocals are annoyingly misplaced.
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Track List

  1. Tabloid
  2. Habit
  3. The Lost
  4. The Light at the End (Cause)
  5. The Killing of America
  6. Bootlicker
  7. Night of Fear
  8. The Light at the End (Effect)
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Added on: December 7, 2016