Saturday 10 November 2018

Sonic Wolves - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: September 25th 2018. Label: Future Noise Recordings/DHU Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Sonic Wolves – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Stonefaced General 03:48
2.Ascension 04:13
3.Grim Reaper 03:10
4.Tide of Chaos 04:01
5.Cheatin' Death 04:13
6.Red Temple 04:22
7.Heavy Light 06:22
8.You'll Climb the Walls 04:01


Recorded Line-up

Kayt Vigil - Bass and Vocals
Vita- Drums
Mr.Diniz- Guitar and backup vocals

Current Line-up

Kayt Vigil – Bass and Vocals
Vita – Drums
Jason Nealy – Guitar
Enrico "Ico" Aniasi – Guitar


Firstly, I most issue my apologies to Sonic Wolves as I promised the band this review a couple months ago. I got sidetracked with other things and then I took an extended hiatus during October. So now it’s time to correct that little mistake with my review of their new album.

Sonic Wolves is the band that features Kayt Vigil (Pentagram, Primeval Realm and Syzslak) and Vita from legendary Psychedelic Doomsters – UFOMAMMUT. So this is a band who know what they’re doing. What may surprise you is the style of music that the band play. As Sonic Wolves play a style of Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, Garage Rock, Psych Rock and Classic Rock.

Their new self-titled album is a breath of fresh air with the band playing a wide amount of different songs that only leave you wanting more. The music is played at a fast pace with Vita’s legendary drumming being one of the albums main strengths and highlights. However Kayt steals the show with her soulful vocals and heavy bass riffs.

Standout songs include Stonefaced General, Ascension, Grim Reaper, Red Temple and Heavy Light. These songs are where Sonic Wolves impress the most with hard-hitting melodies and great doom-based lyrics as well. Sonic Wolves are perhaps more influenced by the 70s Hard Rock/Metal sound on this album but the band still manage to include a few modern based grooves along the way.

The atmosphere can be quite seedy and downright dirty at times but Sonic Wolves have a majestic and addictive sound that’s hard not to be moved by it all. This is an epic sounding album and the production is so damn good. I’m a huge fan of the band’s previous album, Before The End Comes. However this album is a much better album as Sonic Wolves vision is more progressive and has a clearer vision.

Overall, this album is an excellent album that ticks the right boxes especially if you’re a fan of the Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Rock scene. Just be prepared for a few cool surprises along the way.

Words by Steve Howe

Future Noise Recordings is releasing the CD. DHU Records is releasing the vinyl.


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