Bringing two explosive bands and four intensive riots, the Order of the Wolf Split 7” from Blasphemour Records is a rigorously imposing and invigorating slab of hardcore hostility. As drenched in potential as it is in quality, the release brings a pair of sizeable propositions in the shape of Chaos Order and Werewolf Congress into focus. Both seize their chance with relish and passion, the quartet of songs without going anywhere new for the hardcore scene certainly mark the pair of protagonists as two stirring elements within the genre.
Chaos Order offer the first two slices of inventive anger, the band quartet from Memphis formed in 2011 by bassist Jared Filsinger. Its line-up is completed by vocalist Neal Bledsoe, guitarist Austin Russell, and drummer Sam Davidson, a foursome with a potent sound and unity which fires up attention and appetite with ease. The beginning of 2013 saw the release of their debut album Regulus, a well-received six track encounter which was followed by the just as keenly coveted sophomore full-length Vultures. Sticking to just vinyl and digital releases as with their second album and the split, Chaos Order make a striking start to the new release with Through Humanity’s Venom.
Heavy bruising rhythms and equally imposing bass riffs hit the ears first, swiftly joined by a richly acidic and venomous guitar temptation. There is certain carnivorous intent to the toxicity of Filsinger which instantly grips the imagination and passions, one just as quickly complemented by the continuing to intimidate weight of the drums and the caustic veining of guitar. It is a mesmeric start which explodes into a torrent of vocal spite, raging riffs, and similarly inflamed rhythmic antagonism. The vicious squalls of Bledsoe sears air and ears with a vitriolic passion which is as harsh and combative as the sounds striding voraciously around him, and just as compelling. A swaggering groove enters the mix as the song hits full stride, its gait almost mischievous which inspires the rest of the song to find a contagious bait and urgency to their suasion. It is a song which improves and becomes more virulent over listens from a first engagement which is memorable and impressive. Its partner in crime A Conscious Decision (Ritualistic Rebirth) is equally as threatening and incendiary, and arguably even more infectious with its hooks and sharp grooves. Rhythmically both Davidson and Filsinger impress unreservedly though the song is stolen by the captivating sonic designs conjured by Russell, his scything melodies and corrosive riffs a gripping tempting.
Hailing from Orange County, California, Werewolf Congress takes influences from the like of Comeback Kid, Shai Halud, Every Time I Die, Defeater, and A Day to Remember into their similarly fiery sound. They cast a flavoursome muscular brew which is as caustic as it is melodically incisive, an essence of post hardcore spicing up a ferocious recipe which marked out their demo of last year. Their first rage here comes in the form of Second Chances, vocal intensity sparking the unleashing of punchy rhythms and scathing riffs which carry more than a twang of melody to their incitement. Vocalist Ryan Doria steers the angst gripped ship with style and raw expression whilst the rhythmic challenge of drummer William Galvin and bassist Jason Ruiz force menacing yet captivating vociferous shadows through which the vibrant charge of grazing riffs and citric sonic colour sculpted by Kevin Fifield and Dan Bieranowski flame. It is a dramatic and evocative fury which through a haunting ill-tempered and busy ambience flows into the closing tempest of The Dead Generation. Its furious intent crowds and pressures ears with a hellacious barrage of beats and less intimidating but just as abrasing riffs to leave thoughts and emotions pleasingly enlivened and intruded upon. The group vocals and melodic underbelly of the song is its greatest attribute though, an irrepressible lure to return to the song’s emotive depths and though its predecessor is a much more rounded temptation and makes a richer impact, both songs equally ensure Werewolf Congress is a band worthy of real attention.
Order Of The Wolf is a great release from two bands casting an impressive introduction to our ears and probably a great many others. Chaos Order is just the better of the two provocations on the release with their unbridled hardcore veracity and ire, but both they and Werewolf Congress thrust themselves onto our map of the genre with immense ease.
Order of the Wolf (Split 7″) is available now @ http://blasphemourrecords.bandcamp.com digitally and on 7” vinyl with 50 yellow, 200 black, and 250 white coloured choices.
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