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Review: When We Were Wolves – Heartless

Bouncy. Thats how this starts. Bouncy and Fast. So what are you gonna do? You’re gonna mosh and bash your face against a brick wall.

South Wales post-hardcore quintet When We Were Wolves have held nothing back with their new EP ‘Heartless’. For fans of Deaf Havana, A Day To Remember, Bury Tomorrow and Five Finger Death Punch. Clearly these lads have put their hearts and souls into this EP, every song is just jam packed with feels, and not just gay ones. Theres a cocktail of sorrow, anger, hate, love, loss and disappointment in here. With genuine effort, craft and an imaginative approach to penning highly engaging slabs of post-hardcore, When We Were Wolves have sculpted a sound that is whole-hearted, progressive, and above all, utterly gripping.we we were wolves

Born during the middle part of 2011 and hailing from Bridgend, South Wales, the band soon set themselves on a course for playing as many shows as possible, which saw the five-some quickly amass a strong and loyal following. Their unbridled determination to deliver a ferocious, dynamic live performance at every show has earned them a glowing reputation, and in turn, has led the band to share stages with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Betraying The Martyrs, Bleed from Within, Heights, The Blackout, Devil Sold His Soul, Malefice and The Amity Affliction! As well as being a growing force on the live scene, the band have worked diligently on recording, witnessed by last year’s ‘The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same‘ EP, which secured widespread national praise from Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Big Cheese and Rocksound, through to radio airplay with XFM, Totalrock and Kerrang! Radio. The record also racked up a stunning KKKK in Kerrang!, as well as a new band featured in the magazine.

What really impressed me was the versatility of the vocals from frontman Mitch Bock, his range and ability is quite stunning to be honest. It was nothing like what I expected! The overall writing as well is just superb but i have to give it to guitarists Steve French and Rhod Evans, you guys fucking nailed it!

The EP doesn’t really stop at all. Its consistently impressive the whole way through and i absolutely love the groove in tracks 3 and 4, ‘Blind‘ and ‘Confession’. I can picture it now, hundreds of people running in a circle and pockets of people fighting invisible ninjas, and its beautiful. These guys have some serious talent and I would be surprised if they don’t hit main stage at Download Festival!

I can safely say ill be attending one of the up-coming shows, and hopefully will get a chance to tell the lads face to face what I think!

The new EP from When We Were Wolves ‘Heartless’ is out 22nd September 2014.

8/10

UK TOUR DATES 

When We Were Wolves Live W/ Valiant
September 18 – Bristol, The Gryphon
September 19 – Plymouth, Tiki Bar
September 20 – Workington, Lounge Bar
September 21 – Newcastle, Think Tank
September 22 – Hull, O’rileys
September 23 – Stafford, Grapes
September 24 – Southampton, Unit
September 25 – Addlestone, The Cave
September 26 – Bridgewater, White Hart Hotel
September 27 – Cheltenham, Two Pigs
Mike Bearbury
Mike Bearbury
I'm the beer drinking, metal screaming, photo taking, awkward interviewing guy that loves deathcore and anything heavy ever. Metal has been a huge influence on my life and will continue to be so. I get overly excited about meeting bands I listen to; probably something to do with a childhood dream.

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