Admittedly, yours truly has been out of the whole crustcore thing since I picked
up Doom and Discharge in my grind phase, and only recently have I tried with
minimal interest to catch up with the current crust situation with the new
Bonehouse, Krigshot and Hellnation records. Inflamed with a new, revived
interest in picking up more and catching eye of Wolfpack shirts adorning the
bodies of Warhammer members, I sought out this record.
What I was presented with when I put the disc here was a militaristic,
undeniably METAL intro, making me question the validity of the crust label
prematurely. I was of course proved wrong when the bonecrushing second track
erupted from my speakers, a full-on, maximum gusto rabid work of Discharge-
worship. The vocals, the guitar solos, and the nominal monotonous, yet intense
snare drum pounding all hummed of countless Dis-core/Motorhead-core outfits
of recent times, and although truly hormonally charged, this record failed to
provoke an opinion beyond the ordinary in the initial stages.
I listened on, and was profoundly surprised to find the Wolfpack musical
equation opening up. A sadistic use of melody is littered throughout the third
track, before it breaks into a total thrash metal (Bay area, that is) section
reminiscent of Heathen/Dark Angel before breaking off into a Fast Eddy solo
and ensuing with the furious crustcore cacophony. More of the same is presented
thereafter, an astonishing mix of the purest and most undiluted crust punk fury,
yet with a stunning use of perverse melody and enough true metal crunch to
attract many a metalhead.
A head-banging, diverse and relentless assault on the ear-drums, you’ll have as
much fun swinging your fist in the air as picking out the Bay Area moments with
this firebrand of a record. If Motorhead gangbanging Discharge and Dark Angel
sounds like your bag, do pick this up, even though it might not be the blackest
offering on the store rack. ChorazaiM told me that Wolfpack are the other side
of the Driller Killer coin. I’d be inclined to agree. Very good.
© 2000 equimanthorn