In this new feature, we get to shine the spotlight on smaller bands that are rocking our world.  The first band we spotlight is the mercurial Work of Wolves, who hail from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Tyler Jung is on bass/vocals, Alex Foster plays drums/vocals, Paul Pinos is on guitar/vocals and Andrew Rogers handles keys/vocals.

The band are a luminous blend of metalcore-like riffing, but they also channel emo and even power metal genres.  Their songs are melodic, striking and very definitely metal!  I have had their songs on repeat for many moons.  Their catalogue covers one demo and two E.P.s.  The latest release is the powerful Purpose record.

Early Daze

Their first E.P. is called Is This All We Are?  The record is a blended mixer of metal, pop and emo.  The songs show unfettered promise and was one of the standout releases of 2017.  “Lethal Weapon” is my choice cut from the E.P. with its sublime melody and echoes of early Fall Out Boy.

In 2018, Work of Wolves released their barnstorming five-track collection, Hope and Doubt.  This  is my favourite of their discography, with the great melodies and some of the best songs of the last few years with “Doubt” and the apt “Where Can I Go?“.  The production is class and the cover is striking.

Latest Release

The songs on the latest E.P. Purpose record have a groove that is infectious and an introspective attitude that is intelligent and moody.  I love the vocal melody of “Pull Us Under” and its minor scale riff-age.  The song has some power.

Standout tracks are the hooky title track, with the bounce and evocative keys and the uptempo “Convictions”.  The Nu-Metal influences are to the fore as well and it does have that certain swirl of disconnected disillusionment that resonates today.

Overall, I have no hesitation in recommending Work of Wolves and will be keeping a close eye on their progress!

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