EP Review: Alpha Wolf - Fault
Artist: Alpha Wolf
Genre: Metalcore / Hardcore
Release Date: 19 April 2019
Review by Steve Jenkins
Alpha Wolf have been around for a few years now, slowly building their name up and relocating from Tasmania to Melbourne. They are now at their strongest, after a couple of lineup changes, records deal signings and a couple of EP's and a full length album under their belt. After these solid releases and plenty of live shows across Australia and overseas, this young band have been getting attention all over the heavy music scene. With their savage approach, showing pure malice and rage through their aggressive style of music, all while embellishing a fresh and unique sound.
With this new EP, Fault, the band continue to push the boundaries and show no signs of slowing down with a continuation of growth and success. Alpha Wolf are still bringing it hard here, with hair-raising screams and gut-wrenching breakdowns, and pinch of melody thrown in there for good measure. There's also a presence of more riffs on Fault, with the breakdowns taking more of a backseat and acting as a special occasion when heard that makes them that more powerful.
Another real gem on this is EP is newest member Lochie Keogh and his fantastic vocal work, from his blood-curdling lows to his psychotic screams that almost screech in time beautifully with the guitars. There's no doubt on here that Lochie is a perfect addition to Alpha Wolf and he fits the band like a glove.
I've also got to give it up for something else that stands out on Fault, and that's the production quality, it just sounds super clean and crisp and the bass is insane. Definitely recommend a decent sound system when playing this EP and turning it up LOUD! Alpha Wolf prove here that you don't need a massive budget to create a top-notch sounding release. This band is exciting and you're going to be hearing and seeing a lot more of them in the future, guaranteed. Alpha Wolf embody aggression, anger, hatred, chaos, and they do a damn good job of it. This is what modern heavy music is all about.
Alpha Wolf Cult Motherf*cker!
8.5 out of 10.
Fault is available now via Sharptone Records / Greyscale Records and can be purchased on iTunes and JB HiFi stores by clicking HERE.