Wolves at the Gate
Captors


4.0
excellent

Review

by apokolypz USER (15 Reviews)
July 9th, 2012 | 80 replies | 15,579 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fresh debut album that is sure to bring that energetic, yet mature sound to the table.

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Back in 2011, band members Stephen (clean vocals/guitar), Ryan (Drums), Colin (screamed vocals), Jeremy (lead guitar), and Ben (bass) of Wolves at the Gate released their debut EP, We are the Ones. The EP soon gave them a loyal starting fanbase, which resulted in heavy touring for the band. Their drummer and screamer later quit the band, and that's where the two new members come in. Nick Detty, their new screamer and Ben Millhouse, their new drummer would join Wolves at the Gate to form Captors.

Now we are here, Captors is the band's debut album, and it is one heck of an LP. Captors really shows how the band has matured in such a short time.

The First track, "The Harvest" starts the album off quick with march like anthem to get you warmed up and intense vocals from Nick, and that is one key that makes this album shine, Nick's vocals. Nick is very young (19) and gives the energetic and craziness the album needs without letting it get too out of control, which may be one con of the album, he can be a tad too noticeable. The Track "Awaken" I believe showcases his talent the most. The beginning really lets him shine, and he may be one of the greatest screamers I've heard, especially for his age. Him and Stephen contrast one another throughout the album and blend well together. Stephen's vocals are mainly heard in the choruses of the songs, but he still pops up here and there to keep the album moving. A lot of songs on the LP are soft and feature acoustic guitar, that is where Stephen is considered the main vocalist. Both vocalists maintain their parts in the album extremely well.

The instrumental of this album is magnificent. The rhythm and lead guitars play a great role in every track. I feel the rhythm guitar sometimes overshadows Jeremy's lead guitar just a little. I wish he showed up a little more with that catchy riff, that your never going to forget. I believe Jeremy's lead guitar really shines in the track, "Through the Night." If you're looking for that groovy feel from Jeremy, "Morning Star" presents this nicely. His guitar playing features a smooth crisp feel that blends in easily. Ben Summers' bass has gone up a level as well. It is more groovy and can be heard a little bit better than the EP. He really went all out with getting better equipment to play a bigger part. Try turning on bass boost to see exactly what I mean. Now we get to the drums. Ben Millhouse drums I say play the biggest part in the album. They really help keep the album in motion and guide it, they are very well heard and throughout the plays of this album, I have heard few to none mistakes with the drums. Altogether, the instrumental of the very last track, "Man of Sorrows" is relaxing and I think stands out the most in the record, they all do their part that gives a mellow vibe going through your head to end it. Another aspect that I like is the variety of the songs, throughout the record it goes Loud/Violent, to Soft and Mellow, then back to Loud/Violent, back and forth, etc.

As you may know, Wolves at the Gate are serious when it comes to Christianity. They are a Christian band and they really shows their passion for Christ in the lyrics. If you read the lyrics in songs like "Awaken" and "Slaves" they are quite emotional and reach out to you. These guys did a good job with the lyrics. In their EP, the lyrics seemed to form in a story like structure. Now they are pretty independent. You listen to one song, and even though they are around the same topic, you never know what it will be exactly about.

Ending this review up, Wolves at the Gate do an excellent job for their debut album. They have a great mixture and variety of hardcore energy and soft, acoustic, melodic takes. Some songs in the LP seem to get a tad lost and a few may be forgettable, but all around it is a good listen.

Recommended Tracks -
Awaken
Slaves
Amnesty
Man of Sorrows
Step out to the Water



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Comments:Add a Comment 
apokolypz
July 9th 2012



243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review guys, tell me what you think.

BirthRite
July 9th 2012



1318 Comments


song links please

sspedding
July 9th 2012



4751 Comments


please learn the difference between your/you're. Apart from that the review is good for a first.

apokolypz
July 9th 2012



243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fixed it, thanks for catching that. And here are some song links @BirthRite, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5ZlDC5qETE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0BcDkiy3eE&feature=relmfu

KILL
July 9th 2012



70528 Comments


shitty band name i bet they suck

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

BirthRite
July 9th 2012



1318 Comments


Thanks apokolypz I really appreciate it :]

KILL
July 9th 2012



70528 Comments


:] xx

Funeralopolis
July 9th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love the song Slaves

Digging: Sweet Smoke - Just A Poke

SpiritCrusher2
July 9th 2012



2877 Comments


yea that's my favourite too

skoopy48
July 9th 2012



1434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea i liked the lyrics too, but any christian band that doesnt have for today lyrics i can generally deal with

TooLateToGoBack
July 9th 2012



1749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album really blew my expectations. Awesome stuff.

elephantREVOLUTION
July 9th 2012



2731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i'm 2 tracks in and pleasantly surprised. pretty solid stuff

MichaelSnoxall
July 9th 2012



12163 Comments


Decent first review. Pos.

nononsense
July 9th 2012



3322 Comments


Clean vox are amazing

Digging: Jason Lancaster - As You Are

Groink
July 10th 2012



765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty catchy stuff.

YankeeDudel
July 10th 2012



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh. Another christian post hardcore/metalcore band.

Nothing new here.

Singing is solid and some of the riffs are catchy, but theres nothing about this that really makes me want to return to it. Also I just really cant stand the whole christian thing man. Every song is about sucking Jesus' cock. Its fuckin lame and kills most of the little enjoyment I get from the songs.

Digging: Croatian Amor - Genitalia Garden

fractured
July 10th 2012



365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a very nice album, nice to hear some good singing and almost no mindless chugging. They've got something nice to work with here.

apokolypz
July 10th 2012



243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@fractured, yeah that's another thing I like about this, is that they avoid those chugging riffs.

nononsense
July 10th 2012



3322 Comments


You don't have to agree with Christianity, but don't disrespect it yankee

TooLateToGoBack
July 10th 2012



1749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yay, Christian bashing!



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