Wolves
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4.0
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Review

by Fahrenheit USER (1 Reviews)
October 18th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Throwback-core

To those of us who came of age in the metalcore scene of the early 2000's, there is a certain unmistakable sound, almost like an aura or an energy, that when heard brings back a flood of memories to a time when the scene was more than just a loose gathering of bands and kids and camo shorts. It was forward thinking. Bands like Botch, Breather Resist, Hopesfall, and skycamefalling all drew on different influences and emotions but elicited the same response of awe. Fast forward a decade and things have only devolved steadily since those halcyon days. Sure, there's still some bands hanging on to the dissonant fringes of the genre like Gaza The Chariot, and Ken Mode, but in all reality it's a fucking void. Thank your invisible non existent deity for Los Angeles, California's Wolves. Their latest EP 1969 cuts through the last several years of trends and breakdowns and proves to be one of the few current bright spots keeping the dying sun that is metalcore alive.

In under fifteen minutes, 1969 delivers like a bathroom key bump of nostalgia. It instantly harkens back to when jagged riffing, atmosphere, and dissonance combined into an a perfect maelstrom of noise. Vocalist Joe Calixto cuts through the wall of sound like a Howitzer, delivering to the already steady onslaught. The perfect example of this can be found at the end of the record's final track, "Benchmarks", where his screams punch through a drop that's heavier than a crate of lead. That's not to say that 1969 is built upon the tired template of ever lowering low-end. Guitarist Marlon Gonzalez nimbly traverses mid-era Every Time I Die riff territory with ease in between fits of Deadguy-esque histrionics and Cave In spaciness -- filling a void in your music library that's been missing since 2005.

Wolves' 1969 is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, albeit a short one. It melds a handful of classic sounds that have been almost entirely absent from the genre in recent years into a welcome, and much needed, revivalist attitude. It twists and turns on a dime but never strays too far out into the unknown, making it exciting yet familiar experience for the former hardcore kids that are now jaded twenty-somethings.


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Fahrenheit
October 17th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://wolbz.bandcamp.com/

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2012


3471 Comments


Nice first review, a little short but your points are well-made and well-written. The neg isn't really justified so I'll give you a pos

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2012


10288 Comments


Awesome first review. I definitely have to check this one out, sounds promising.

wacknizzle
October 18th 2012


13488 Comments


Great review, that early 2000's dissonant metalcore is ma shit. Definitely gonna check this out, sounds like it'd be into it.

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Ire
October 18th 2012


41803 Comments


nice short review there used to be a guy who wrote those a lot here

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2012


50573 Comments


oh yeah
crandy right

Ire
October 18th 2012


41803 Comments


i think so

controlled
October 18th 2012


468 Comments


this review has an aura or an energy of someone else

wacknizzle
October 18th 2012


13488 Comments


what about pizzamachine? i never see that guy anymore, he used to pump out reviews like a boss

XingKing
October 26th 2012


10856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I really hope you are this person and that you didn't plagiarize this review.

http://www.byvolume.co.uk/wolves-1969/

I was actually writing one up for this and somehow didn't notice that it already had a review so I guess I'll abandon it now.

akimbo
November 3rd 2012


647 Comments


wait this isn't the same wolves as art.culture.work, is it? i haven't listened to this yet, but i would never describe those wolves as "metalcore"

akimbo
November 3rd 2012


647 Comments


also don't know why they would put another ep out after 10 years lulz

dimsim3478
February 28th 2013


5183 Comments


Lol this should probably be removed for plagiarism.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2013


17222 Comments


it wasnt removed because it was written by me on both sites.



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