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 fu
cking 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.
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.