War On Women are often described as feminist hardcore and that is pretty much exactly what you get on their self-titled debut full-length. The fact that the band’s initials spell ‘WOW’ is probably just a coincidence but also serves as a pretty accurate albeit very short summary.
This Baltimore-based co-ed band doesn’t do subtle… incorporating elements from punk, thrashy hardcore, riot grrrl and metal, they crunch out eleven song that are loud and fast and in which they not so much rage against rape, sexism and patriarchy as burn things to the fucking ground. Yet they do so without losing sight of the songs, which are powerful, energetic and catchy to boot. They are also experts in keeping things pretty concise and to the point throughout the entire album before ending with the 6-minute-long, epic closer that is “Diana La Cazadora”.
Think of a mix of Propagandhi and RVIVR with a fair amount of Sleater-Kinney mixed in if you will. Or come up with a description of your own using the words ‘impressive’, ‘thought-provoking’ and ‘catchy’. Either way, you won’t be too far off the mark.