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Werewolves: The Dead Are Screaming

Werewolves, like vampires, have long been at risk of their power to really scare us. Television and film have increasingly presented them as weak and silly quasi-Byronic creatures that behave more like teenagers in a soap opera than monsters in a horror movie. Although monsters can serve a wide range of purposes, some of us still want to be scared, if only for a little while.

Werewolves is a band that takes the werewolf back to the start, back to those moments when the creature was something to fear. Here there are no melodramatic transformations and no romantic sidelines that confuse the werewolf with the local football hero. Instead, there is only the demonic rage of the creature and its seemingly insatiable hunger. Even better for music fans, Werewolves is also a band that simply wants to deliver raw and unpretentious extreme metal pushed to its limits by rage, adrenaline, and blast beats.

I’m sure that some listeners will find the werewolf-themed titles silly, but I’m confident that if you actually listen to tracks like “Establish Dominance” or “Gnaw Their Bones,” you’ll want to hear more, especially if you like blackened death metal. Besides, the band plays it straight and never lets it all become ironic or silly. I especially liked the track “Beating Those We Despise,” especially the middle section where the lyrics and the rhythms join together in feeding frenzy complete with “chewing and gnashing” and “dining and biting.” I also really enjoyed “No More Heroes,” a blistering and unhappy song about our seemingly going-nowhere world. The band isn’t reinventing the genre, but they are doing it proud by giving listeners a solid bunch of songs that are as heavy as they are angry.

Track Listing:
1. Establish Dominance
2. Know Your Place
3. Dogknotted
4. Fountains of Bile
5. No More Heroes
6. Beating Those We Despise
7. Gnaw Their Bones
8. Irate
9. Showering Teeth

Added: May 4th 2020
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Bandcamp Page
Hits: 258
Language: english

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