Wake in Fright
Uniform - Wake in Fright
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #261 / 682
User Score
Based on 42 ratings
2017 Ratings: #431
Your Review



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.

Jan 22, 2017
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
Aug 31, 2017
Noise rock is usually a genre of music that I can see myself enjoying most of the time. I'll admit, I have a very soft spot for the genre, and it is amongst my favorite genres of music. This year for noise rock did have highlights —that Couch Slut album was a marvel to behold— but it did have its lows. And the lowest moment in noise rock this year is Uniform's "Wake in Fright".

This album blends in elements of noise rock, industrial and metal into one sloppy package. I ... read more
Jul 4, 2017
Loud, abrasive, and unsettling, Wake in Fright seeps with the sweat that drips down your forehead during a nightmare induced fever. This album is brutal in it's efficiency and pummels your ears with spikes of dissonant noise and the dirtiest of vocals, both shouted and spoken in poetic streams, which for me weren't an issue at all. If anything it elevates Wake in Fright to terrifying extremes. Angry music for angry times, "The Killing of America" is relentless and the solo toward the ... read more
Apr 30, 2017
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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Added on: December 7, 2016