Fusing an impressive and striking fusion of heavy rock with a voracious metal intensity, UK band Alone With Wolves has a sound which sits easily within the varied shades of metalcore and post-hardcore as well as quite simply rock and metal. The proof is in the band’s new The End of Nothing EP, a five track collision of flavours which combine for a passion drenched and thoroughly captivating tempest of sound and emotion. The band on the evidence of their impressive second release, fuse the strongest essences of those previously mentioned styles into something which has a familiarity to its angst and presentation but an individual freshness which sets the Hertfordshire sextet apart from most of the crowd.
Formed in 2011, Alone With Wolves were swiftly into a charge of shows across the South of the UK, including sharing stages with the likes of Hildamay and Mallory Knox. The band was soon recruiting a passionate fan base and following, which their self-titled EP of 2012 only reinforced and pushed on. Their sound is simultaneously melodic and ferocious, as mentioned combining a varied weave of flavours inspiring comparisons to bands such as Alterbridge, Architects, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Deaf Havana. Alone With Wolves has certainly been brewing up potent attention to date which the new EP has the potential and power to take to a nationwide spotlight.
It launches itself with a sonic enticement as Cutting Ties sizes up ears before expanding into an imposing but inviting mix of raw riffs and melodic enterprise driven by sinew swinging rhythms and a great throaty bass sound. It is not a dramatic but certainly appetite awakening start which the combined persuasion of vocal roars from guitarist Lewis Watson and the clean magnetic melodic tones of Danilo Fiocco are soon colouring with emotion. The track is as antagonistic as it is enticing, two sides merging for a fiercely potent and adventurous blaze of sound which ebbs and flows in its rage and intensity. It never settles into a less than voracious stance though, the rhythms of drummer James Noble and bassist Mark Stanford fuelling a creative hostility whilst guitarists Watson and Kieron Baker craft an enthralling narrative of riffs and melodic endeavour.
The strong start is followed by the raw opening brawl of the title track which is soon sharing the suasion of a great contagious and melodic weave aligned to Fiocco’s impressive delivery backed by Stanford and rivalled by the squalling tones of Watson. The song is an appetising encounter which feeds expectations at first but a sudden shift into rugged metal territory and subsequently a seductive flight of expressive melodies soon has intrigue and unpredictability as vocal as the passion and enterprise drenching the track.
My Life In Your Hands has a more metalcore cored explosiveness to its presence but again the at times almost duelling vocals and emotive ideation of guitars takes the song to a powerfully satisfying adventure. The least dramatic of all the tracks, it still potently feeds an open hunger inspired by its predecessors, the invention of Baker impressing especially, before the outstanding enticement of The Change takes over. A more tempered and melodic hug from the start but with a sturdy intent to the muscular rhythms framing the impassioned drive of the expressive hues and vocals, the song croons with an intimacy which is arguably less open in other tracks. It is no lightweight though, jagged riffs and thumping beats a demanding proposition caging the raw beauty within. With only the fade out of a quite climactic finale annoying, it is the biggest highlight of the encounter.
The closing With You In Mind is an intensively imposing onslaught of rhythmic provocation and senses bruising aggressiveness which still embraces a mouth-watering flame of sonic and melodic invention. It is as mesmeric as it is challenging and an enthralling tempest of invention and passion to bring The End of Nothing to a climactic conclusion.
It is fair to say that The End of Nothing EP did not ignite a raging fire in the belly for it but it is one of the most invigorating metalcore/post hardcore releases this year and the spark to a real hunger to hear more from a band with a very healthy future ahead.
The End of Nothing EP is available from September 1st and available through all good digital outlets.
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