Check Out The Debut Album From Devastating Chicago Crust-ers, Of Wolves!
Of Wolves don’t really have much time for genre definition. This is probably quite a good thing, as any attempt to classify them is going to result in some rather unsatisfying daisy-chain description. Post-agit-punk-stoner-metal-doom-core doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it?
Instead, this Chicago trio prefers to refer to their music as ‘therapy’ – and it’s hard to disagree. There is definitely something cathartic about Evolve, a short sharp shock of an album that the band have recently released on a pay-what-you-like basis via Bandcamp.
Evolve is a caustic, white-knuckle roller-coaster ride, alighting briefly on a style before barrelling on to the next, fuelled by a righteous fury at the world around them – religion, politics and the apathetic masses all get a vigorous and vitriolic tongue-lashing here.
With “progressive” and “technical” metal being all the rage right now, more and more bands are finding themselves shackled to a click-track on stage. So it is refreshing to find that there are still bands out there who are just looking to plug in to their amps, stamp on their distortion pedals and go seven shades of mental for forty-five minutes.
It’s a genuine treat to discover a band in its relative infancy which are creating such striking work from the outset of their career. Whilst Of Wolves are often found trampolining between various influences, styles and even genres, they never lose that chaotic, borderline cataclysmic flare that defines their character as a band.
The band reference the likes of Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, Misfits and Cro-Mags amongst their influences, but fans of The Melvins and KenMODE are also likely to find Evolve to be something of a visceral delight.
If you don’t have 40 minutes or so to spare to listen to is all, then “No Loss For Words” is the best primer of what the band have to offer (although the band do recommend that the album should be listened to in its entirety). Or, you can just click on the video below and watch “Moot Point”