18th April 2016 – Self-released
01. Gilded Heart
02. A Rest Mid The Gloaming
05. Sun Of My Soul
It’s been just under two years since British drone heavyweights Sunwølf dropped their third full length Beholden To Nothing And No-one. An expansive work stretched over two discs, it was both diverse and enthralling. This time the band relocated to the ever-grey expanse of northern Scotland, and with Eve have promised a more personal release – something more raw and immediate. Over the fifty one-minute duration, Sunwølf take you on a deeply intimate and personal journey from the bleak and vast to the warm and comforting, with jaunts into post-black metal, post-hardcore and straight up doom.
For starters, opener “Gilded Heart” is a visceral experiment in stripped back intensity; post-rock guitar lines and sparse hardcore vocals deliver a piece that is both emotive and lamentable – but the contrasts on offer on Eve are remarkable. The breathless shoegaze shimmer in “Quell” blends effortlessly into the crushingly barrage that is “Haar“. This harsh juxtaposition, and the raw production, make for a simply beguiling aural experience that goes unmatched by the band’s contemporaries, these tender passages and sporadic vocal lines are heart rending and captivating. Tracks like “Sun of my Soul” and title track “Eve” paint a vision of an all together different world; it’s both vast and cold, bold and delicate, and utterly vicious whilst retaining enough charm to add a kind of romance that is underpinned by sweeping guitars and hazy atmospherics.
Sunwølf do the rarest of things: the blend together genres that don’t just flow seamlessly but they become damn near essential listening, from the grandiose and expansive Beholden To Nothing and No-one to this concise and potent hit that is Eve. No matter the format, Sunwølf are more than capable of delivering relevant and emotional music with deep thought, texture and breathless variety.