Wolves at the Gate return in full-swing for their sophomore release VxV.
The album begins with with the title track, consisting primarily of ambient noise and a recording of (perhaps) some preaching. The voice declares,
When Jesus – the lamb of God – dies, sins are taken away
And wrath is removed
The tension in this opening track builds until it eventually leads into the next song, “Wake Up”. The guitars and drums come in heavy and loudly, along with Nick Detty’s commanding screams. This album really shows how Steve Cobucci steps up his vocals, expanding his range to screams (along with singing). The track “Relief” is an example of Wolves At The Gate‘s progression as a band, and a standout song for Cobucci.
VxV isn’t just confined to one genre, however. Though most songs have their hardcore influences, some tracks also sound like a rock band. Wolves At The Gate finds their niche in this ambiguous genre, swaying their sound back and forth between the two, and “Relief” is a perfect example of that. Cobucci hits some weird sounding notes in the chorus that gets stuck in your head… in a good way, though. The lyrics are also very fitting for each song, honing in on some tough topics.
All who are burdened and seeking respite
All of the hopeless, wretched, and desperate
All who are worn out and feeling oppressed
Come in and find your rest
With each release Wolves at the Gate manage to refine their sound, and produce a work that is better than the last. If you haven’t picked up their new record yet, do yourself a favor and get it!
For fans of Being As An Ocean and Oh, Sleeper.