Album Review: WEREWOLVES - What A Time To Be Alive

Artist: Werewolves

Album: What A Time To Be Alive

Genre: Extreme Death Metal

Review by Sam Radojcin

As this is being written, the world is in a pretty horrible state and let’s face it, the outlook is not looking exactly positive. However, Werewolves have dropped by and poured a metric ton of salt into the already gaping wound with their sophomore full-length album 'What A Time To Be Alive'.

The blasting cap has been triggered and opener "I Don't Like You" hails down with napalm fueled intensity and vocalist Sam Bean unleashes an accompanying vitriolic spray of napalm onto all he and they find quite unpleasant. Got the idea yet? Good. Continuing on, "Crushgasm" & "Anti Social" bring the intense grind, "Sublime Wartime Voyeurism" is bursting with gore, "Traitors And Bastards" conjures up within a blackened ether, "Mission Statement" has a hardcore tinge at times and "Unfathomably Fucked" is laden with pure death metal groove and attack. The final two tracks on the album take on unique territories of their own without compromising any the previous tracks’ directive. "A Plague On All Your Houses" could be likened to Werewolves’ take on melodic death metal in the vein of a band like Black Dahlia Murder and "They Will Pay With Their Own Blood" flows along with a mid-paced blackened feel that hearkens acts like Satyricon before returning to the previous intensities shown throughout 'What A Time To Be Alive'. Overall, 'What A Time To Be Alive' is Werewolves delivering an unbridled offering of abrasive intensity, hatred and viciousness taking aim at the whole world and all of it’s inhabitants all within it’s 35 minute duration. No one is safe from the Werewolves’ onslaught.”

8 out of 10.

'What A Time To Be Alive' was released on January 29, 2021 via Prosthetic Records.

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