Careers In Science-Foreverwolf
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen, please prepare to mosh.
Careers In Science are a four-piece from Toronto who create noise of an eighties hardcore punk variety. Sounding like what would have happened if Black Flag’s Greg Ginn had spent too much time on a Nintendo Entertainment System, Careers In Science have crafted twelve tracks that balance catchiness and playful lyrics with full out thrash and socially aware references. The band, consisting of Dave Proctor on vocals, Callum McPhee on guitar, Matthew Winkler on bass and Jedi Eric on drums, have released their debut album, Foreverwolf. Foreverwolf features six reworking of tracks off their debut EP, Whateverwolf alongside six brand new tracks.
The album bursts to life with the thrash of "‘Hardcore Nice Guy". Coming in at just under two minutes, its lyrics are dedicated to berating the ‘holier than thou’ stereotype fulfillers that can be associated with the hardcore scene. Skillful riffs not only show their technical talent as a band but edge Careers In Science into the realms of metal, whilst Proctor’s vocals are both tough and accessible at the same time. "Damaged Men" has the interesting combination of a catchy chorus and dark lyrics. It continues the speed and aggression of the first track and cements the band’s ‘make you mosh’ mission statement. Much of the album continues in this way. Spiky guitars, rough howling vocals and prominent bass lines enshroud the entire release and not once does Careers In Science let up the tempo.
"Holy Shit! Giant Spiders!" displays the band’s humorous side and saves the record from seeming too serious, especially when contrasted with tracks like "Elizabeth Brown" which deals with the issue of a woman who is quadriplegic and the difficulties facing her in her own home. The album closes with "Patchwork Children", the longest and best track off the album. With fist-pumping lyrics, gang shout repetition, and brilliant fret work, it has everything a punk anthem needs.
Careers In Science have crafted a debut album that fulfils everything it sets out to. Bringing to mind bands such as Black Flag and Gorilla Biscuits, Careers In Science put a modern twist on an old sound. They have enough aggression, social conscience and technical talent to establish them as a staying power in the modern punk scene, whilst their video game references and tongue-in-cheek humour set them apart from a crowd that can take its craft a little too seriously. At times the album can be repetitive, with the tracks very rarely veering from formula, and the lyrics can be a little too blunt but overall Foreverwolf is an album for any hardcore punk fan.