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The Republic of Wolves Ranked

One of my favorite bands that I've introduced this site to.
1The Republic of Wolves
His Old Branches


This is where it all began, and it still resonates the most with me. It's by far their heaviest effort, and even though it's their most reminiscent of Brand New, the songs are entirely unique and have their own creepy, woodsy-folk flavor. A hard 4.5/5. Song to hear: "Spill" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7iHIkNpBaY)
2The Republic of Wolves
The Cartographer


This is something of a concept album, and Gregg Andrew is clearly exercising some demons involving his relationship with his father. Themes of abandonment abound, it includes some of the bands' most acerbic lyrics even though instrumentally it is far more mellow than the other releases in the top 3 of this list. Another easy 4.5/5. Song to hear: "Widow's Walk" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQUeqip1I-k)
3The Republic of Wolves
Varuna


This is the only true full-length by them that I love, as the 2 albums above this are EPs. It's definitely more in the vein of His Old Branches than anything else on this list. The back half of this isn't quite as strong, but the highlights here are absolutely killer. Dark, brooding, and mysterious, this might be the album the band looks to for inspiration in the future. 4/5. Song to hear: "Varuna" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vPalEYnd30)
4The Republic of Wolves
His Black Teeth


A beautiful re-imagining of His Old Branches. It far exceeded my expectations, providing a string-laden, softly sung sibling to go alongside one of my all time favorite EPs. Worth owning if you are a big fan of the band. 3.5/5. No youtube tracks, but check out the entire album here: (https://therepublicofwolves.bandcamp.com/album/his-black-teeth)
5The Republic of Wolves
No Matter How Narrow


Honestly, this was a pretty big let down as their sophomore full length LP. These guys have awesomely melodic vocals, but an entire album of it with none of the contrasting screams left me underwhelmed. Plus, they already are responsible for the band Tigers on Trains, which executes this style far, far better. Still, it has its moments. 2.5/5. Song to hear: "Spare Key" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1sa-dI2mVk)
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