Wolves at the Gate
Captors


3.5
great

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2012 | 94 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step up, but not a leap forward.

When Wolves At The Gate released their We Are The Ones EP in 2011, they were greeted with positive feedback and spawned a loyal fan base. While the EP was a solid piece of work, containing some interesting riffs, great vocals and effective lyrics, it was nothing groundbreaking in the Post-Hardcore genre as it stands. With plenty of room for improvement, here they’ve returned in 2012 with their debut full-length Captors. With nowhere to move but up, the band have without a doubt lived up to the hype, but I still can’t help but find that the band are struggling to create their own recess in the genre.

What plagued their EP was, while they had some neat ideas at work there, the music as a whole fell into a mild mediocrity and too often did I find myself wondering where the songs were going. They all started off strong and quickly dived into forgetfulness and I wasn’t engaged again until the next song would start. Barely holding my attention for a meagre twenty-minute EP, the band weren’t anything overwhelming for me. But despite this, Wolves At The Gate shoot ahead many of their peers in the popular Post-Hardcore scene and thus they have a fan of me. So while I wasn’t exactly eagerly awaiting this album, I was still intrigued as to what they’d do next.

Right off the bat, I do have one issue with this record: the production. They have some great melody and high-pitched guitar work on this album, but it’s painfully drowned out by some bland chug-riffing and that instantly gets me. I don’t want to hear the boring distortion, I want to hear the guitars and the vocals in-sync as they work together. It’s also the drumming. The drumming is too high in the mix and draws attention away from what I’d rather be enjoying. Whilst the drumming shines at points (see song; intro: The Harvest), it’s not necessary or beneficial to have it mixed as highly as it is.

Where this album really shows its strength is in the vocals. The two vocalists do a good job contrasting and complimenting each other. The harsh vocals are aggressive and bring body to what feels like an almost lacklustre listen at points (with the instrumental standouts being bogged down by the production all too often (yes, I will no doubt keep flogging a dead horse here)) and the clean vocals the perfect balance of harmony alongside. While they’re nothing unique, they’re still a pleasure to listen to and make this album a worthy listen alone. The lyrics are, much like the EP, excellent and worth the time to check out.

“Who's shut the mouths of beasts
And with the sound of his voice it renders peace?
Who's drowned the earth with rain
And made a promise to man to never do the same?”



Many of the songs here fall into a rank-n-file niche, leaving a dull impression from a band with a lot of potential, though from the get go, a few of the songs really grab your attention with some killer riffs, drum beats and vocal melodies. When the instrumental intricacies come out to play when it’s their turn to dominate the production mix, they make the most of it. A small plucking intro here, some acoustic mix-ins there, some delightfully loveable refrains that don’t appear quite as often as you’d like, but where this band really show their true grit is with the absolutely fantastic closer Man of Sorrows. With this song, they exemplify everything that separates them from the generic riff raff and brings them to the forefront of their genre. Everything from the solemn guitar intro to the cliche chanting and piano outro, the song is by far the standout of the album.

The band still have a ways to go, but they’re growing as musicians and I feel we can expect many a great thing from them in the future. Definitely check this out if you get the chance, it’s not a waste of time, but it’s not a timeless classic either. A great album in its own right, and it’s much more engaging than its successor. It kept me hooked from start to finish, so it can’t be all that bad.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MichaelSnoxall
July 3rd 2012


12163 Comments


I feel I may have given them too much credit at points and at others not given them enough credit. Hmm, nonetheless, here it is. Criticise me, heathens.

FourthReich
July 3rd 2012


17569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reads well, pos for you. going to check this out tonight.

MichaelSnoxall
July 3rd 2012


12163 Comments


Thanks for the pos. I have a feeling this album will be a grower, I wrote this after two listens. Will spin it a few more times in coming days.

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pos good review Mikey. I pre-ordered this and will go dl it in a bit. Stoked

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

MichaelSnoxall
July 3rd 2012


12163 Comments


You'll probably love this if you loved the EP, but as I said I think this may be a grower. I can see myself bringing this to a 4 in time.

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

*listening now*

I'm going to review this also btw

skoopy48
July 3rd 2012


1499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, it will be interesting to see how this grows on me

Digging: Let It Happen - Cause Effect

TooLateToGoBack
July 3rd 2012


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd.

Love the album.

Digging: Pianos Become the Teeth - Keep You

ILJ
July 3rd 2012


6670 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Cool review, may give this a shot.

By the way, on the track listing, it skips from 9 to 11.

skoopy48
July 3rd 2012


1499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea i noticed that too, track 10 is through the night

KILL
July 3rd 2012


71795 Comments


joke band right

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Devastator
July 3rd 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is awesome.

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

LG
July 3rd 2012


3049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you fags always hating on good music

LG
July 3rd 2012


3049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

a vaginal fart

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah seriously, sonic can't ever think for himself. Just follows KILL around all day

wacknizzle
July 3rd 2012


13246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not digging this that much so far but Morning Star is great.

Digging: Dioramic - Supra

DarthMann
July 3rd 2012


13815 Comments


that is not what occurs lol

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol i don't give 2 fucks if KILL joined after you, you still follow him around like a puppy. And you haven't heard this. So how about you listen before you speak, child.

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks bro

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol. says the kid who comes back with "you're a faggot" fucking lol. At least you used "you're" correctly



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