Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Battle of Wolf 359 - 2009 The Death of Affect

Band : Battle of Wolf 359
Album : The Death of Affect
Release Year : 2009
Genre : Screamo / Emo Violence / Crust

Tracklist : 
01 Marty O.D.
02 Cyberdine
03 Surveiller
04 Beneath The Paving Stones...
05 End Times
06 The God Particle
07 Anfal
08 Glenfield
If you want raging and passionate DIY music then look no further, the style is a mixture of the insanely intense Bremen school of hardcore from the 90s and the slightly newer generation of screamo / emoviolence that came after it. Somehow the band have managed to create their own niche in the middle of this. React With Protest describe it as "Systral or Shikari meets To Dream Of Autumn or Welcome The Plague". That's along the right lines for sure. You can definitely see elements of Narwhal in there too in the guitar playing, whom the band have an ex member of.
Things get going very nicely with the first track 'Martyr O.D.' and from then on there are 23 minutes of pummeling hardcore with occasional bits of melody but only to lull you into false security before the next onslaught. The dual vocals are killer with the two guitars, bass and drums creating the perfect atmosphere around them.
The band are best for me during the ferocious parts when both vocalists are just going for it, this is certainly true when they play live too. The lyrics are pretty abstract and confusing to me, definite science fiction worship going on though, combined with some political messages.

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