To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with this group until David of Engineer Records pointed me out to their music. He sent their compact disc for a review, so this rainy day is the perfect timing for this type of sound. As far as I am informed, The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name previously released two extended plays, such as To Be Where There Is The Pale Light and Where Flies Will Reign. The group also released series of singles, such as The Slow Burn/The Outcome, Bed, Violent Ways, My Anaemic Friend, Bottomless Pit, The Wild Turns, Wreck, Wilting, Doreen, and Grief Song. Recently, the group published the first full-length called Grief Songs, thanks to Engineer Records. Therefore, I would like to talk about this material a little bit more today.
Grief Songs carries eight profoundly emotive compositions. Some of these tunes were promoted as singles before, like Wilting, Doreen, and Grief Song. The remainder of the material represents new compositions paired to match these singles. The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name nurtures quite an interesting sound, so close to Midwest emo, but with even more sonic delicacies included along the way. Besides the sheer dominance of Midwest emo sound, you may also hear some other ingredients like post-hardcore, alternative, and indie rock. The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name keep their music soothing, calmy, relaxing until the raw emotions kick in. Then the group infuses generous servings of aggression, energy, and dynamics into their music.
It’s nearly mind blowing how the group transits from calm and cathartic sound to more raw, abrasive, aggressive tones. The lead vocalist transforms from clean chants to a more shouty/screaming style with such ease. Their music works in the same manner. The band delivers classic chord progressions, arpeggios, melodies, and harmonies. However, it also easily transits to powerful riffs where octave themes are leading the way. The rhythm section accentuates all the segments and sequences with thoughtfully assembled rhythms, accentuations, and drum fills. The bass guitar supports both the drums and guitars with robust low-end tones. Still, it also maintains as a compound element between these two instruments. Everything sounds flawless from scratch to finish, and you’ll solely enjoy Grief Songs if you’re profoundly into emo sound. Head over to Engineer Records for more detailed information about ordering.