*Yeah yeah, it’s not Friday. Now shut up and listen to some free music.*
With only a couple months of school left it’s pretty frickin’ hard to stay motivated and finish up the last piles of crap before I can run screaming into the hills. Partially responsible for keeping my sanity intact is the constant flood of good, and free, tunage.
So here’s Wolfshead, a sludge duo from Hampshire in the United of Kingdoms. I was alerted to their prescence from a Facebook post of the shredtastic XII (talked about here) and am quite pleased with what it lead me to. Their 4 track EP is a bit of a hodgepodge of different styles, with all of them still staying well within the burly ass beard metal side of the spectrum.
Two of the songs, “Warbringer” and “Pissin’ Blood” play to the NWOBHM side of things, with a faster pacing, cleaner vocals and more emphasis on the shred than the slams. “Warbringer” is the standout track for me, with a big, stompin’ groove that gallops like the horsemen from hell, leaving a wake of empty beers, trashed bars and burnt out cars. It’s easy to scream along with and even easier to stomp along with, two prerequisites for excellent beer drinking music.
“The Garden” and “Death Priest” see the previous gallop tossed aside in favor of a fuzz fueled, distortion drenched smash to the teeth. The ever familiar molasses crawl slides into place to complement the new riff destruction. “The Garden” sees the addition of suitably putrid vocals giving the track more of a traditional sludge feel. “Death Priest” keeps the clean vocals and tosses them into the fuzzy mix, giving what would have otherwise been average sludge-fest a little more zip.
Wolfshead first EP see them bringing a good collection of styles to table without deviating too far from what sounds good. If this is a sign of things to come, I for one am excited to see a full length in their future. The EP is of course, free, and I suggest you go pick it up, like right now.