Wolves At The Gate – We Are The Ones
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 31, 2011
A Christian metalcore band, Wolves At The Gate could easily fit alongside bands on Solid State, such as Oh, Sleeper and Underoath. Likewise, the clean vocals of Steve Cobucci channel Tooth & Nail’s Sent By Ravens. WATG combine deafening screams with soaring vocals on their debut Christ-oriented EP, We Are The Ones.
The opening “We Are The Ones” is a proclamation of their beliefs before leading into the destructive “Vapors.” Driven by chaotic screams and shredding guitars, “Vapors” exemplifies the sound of WATG. Cobucci’s clean vocals propel the religious anthem “Heralds,” and Colin Jones’ blistering screams, backed by Jeremy Steckel’s extraordinary guitar play, front the dominating “Tonight My Son.” The track is as heavy as it gets, and arguably the best track on the EP.
A rock number, “No Rival” is as radio friendly as it gets on We Are The Ones. However, the inclusions of Jones’ terrifying scream add depth to the cut. Saving the best for last, the ambient “On The Depths” closes the EP. Featuring This Love’s Joe McFaddin, “On The Depths” is the pinnacle of the EP. Soaring vocals, guttural screams, shredding guitars, and pounding drumming, the track is the magnum opus of this EP. McFaddin’s inclusion adds depth the track, before the fury of Jones ends the track, feverishly. As the track closes, it practically forces the listener to press repeat, immediately, proving the power of Wolves At The Gate.
For just a freshman EP, We Are The Ones could put Wolves At The Gate on the map of all Christian metal fans, right along side Underoath, As I Lay Dying, and other similar acts. These guys could fit on Solid State, wonderfully. Soon enough, the Wolves could be near the top of the pack.
Sounds like I expected, metalcore-by-numbers.
What's with all these bands being compared to As I Lay Dying and Underoath?
I think those two bands have transcended this sound at least 2 albums ago, are they compared just because their Christian? Because last time I check faith didn't equal musical similarity.
I'm highly impressed, I know if these men ever come to Seattle I got their music front. WATG are definitely going places. They hit the metalcore scene running. It sickens me they are compared to AILD and Underoath, is that cause their cause is christ? Watch their new video Heralds!!! These boys are hot. Hope to see them drop it hard soon on the Seattle area.
And I don't think they're really being compared to UO or AILD. They're just being spoken of as someone that could fit in next to them. They would definitely be solid opener for either band, but I agree that their sound doesn't really reflect the sound of the other two.