By Greg Maki
Once you reach a certain age, it almost becomes a pastime to complain about the current popular culture, especially music, and insist that the only entertainment worth your time is what you grew up with. I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that way. There’s so much good, even great, entertainment being produced as we speak, and it’s out there just waiting to be discovered.
This brings me to We’re Wolves, a band out of Florida that I was unfamiliar with until a couple weeks ago and now can’t get enough of. The horror-loving act just dropped “Evil Things,” its debut full-length—following an EP, “The Hunger,” released in 2018, and a string of covers including songs originally by Disturbed, Slipknot and Drowning Pool—and I had no idea how much I needed a metal record based on Dante’s “Inferno” until I heard this.
The band is our guide on a heavy, hook-filled trek through the nine circles of hell, with a trio of guests—Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Bryan Kuznitz of Fame on Fire and YouTube star Rain Paris—along for the ride. At just 33 minutes, it’s a brisk journey, but with songs offering varying moods and styles, We’re Wolves packs a lot into that running time—crushing riffs, huge choruses, an atmospheric instrumental, one song that’s straight out of the nu metal playbook, even an acoustic ballad.
One of the best debut albums I’ve heard in years, “Evil Things” is perfect for fans of such similarly themed acts as Ice Nine Kills and Motionless in White. Halloween has come and gone, but eternal damnation is always in style.
Blood Blast Distribution – October 22, 2021