Release Date: Jun 20, 2011
Record label: Prosthetic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Much like their ballyhooed countrymen in Kvelertak, this Norwegian group of rough-and-tumble punks sounds way more interested in rocking and rolling than raging against the machine. Wolves Like Us bring to mind Floridian greats Hot Water Music (check out “My Enemy”) and, in a big way, now-defunct hairy hardcore dudes Planes Mistaken For Stars, a band who defied categorization in the most natural and real of ways. On this solid, moving album, Wolves Like Us keep that tradition alive.
Wolves Like Us put five decades' worth of hardcore experience to good use... These Norsemen have somewhere in the neighbourhood of five decades worth of experience playing in punk rock and hardcore bands. With that, you figure they should know what they’re doing by now and the former members of JR Ewing and Amulet certainly illustrate their capabilities.
Norwegian metal’s influence remains ever-present and ever-important. As a result, a band such as Oslo-based Wolves Like Us has a lot to live up to. On its debut, the band offers up a meaty, dense set of tracks, and although the clear point of comparison is hardcore, at times it sounds more like a typical metal sonic palette that’s being restrained.