Fighting Wolves hail from London and that’s about all I know! I’d love to tell you something about these guys however they don’t appear to have any form of bio so anything I say would be totally made up (oh the fun I could have had). I’m not sure if the lack of bio is deliberate or an oversight but what I can tell you that “Chapter One” is their debut and a damn fine one at that. So I’ll let them off for hiding themselves just this once.
Imagine if a young Foo Fighters, Nickelback and 30 Seconds to Mars all turn up to their rehearsal rooms to discover that their room has been triple booked. They have no choice but to jam together. Sure that’s very unlikely to happen but if it did, you’d be in the right ball park for the sound of Fighting Wolves. That’s the comparison bit out of the way, onto the music.
Album opener “The End” is without a doubt one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far this year (I know we’re only in January but I’m confident it will stay way up there) and sets the scene for an album I’m guessing is about the breakdown of a relationship and the subsequent confusing aftermath. Something I’m sure most folk can relate to.
Rasping vocals and anthemic choruses, punctuated by dirty, full bodied riffs and drum fills that aren’t afraid to take the lead are the order of the day for Chapter One with occasional breaks in the rock assault for slower tracks and harmonised vocals on tracks such as “I Won’t Back Down”. When I say slower, I mean relatively speaking. There are no ballads making an appearance. Which I like. None of this chucking in an obligatory acoustic track to show a sensitive side stuff that seems to be all the rage at the moment. Great to hear a nice celebration of bass on “Long Time” too. Some really great bass riffs on that track.
A point to note about this album, there is no skippable track. No “oh no we’ve not got enough killers so let’s throw this in to make up the numbers”. Every song is made to be played. Loudly. All the way up to 11. If this album was, as I suspect, working through a breakup then they had a damn good time doing it.
Fighting Wolves are touring throughout February and this album is made to be played live so I highly suggest you go and check them out. I know I will be.
- The End
- Give Me A Sign
- I Won’t Back Down
- Just To Feel Alive
- Breathe In Breathe Out
- Long Time
- Scared Of Flying
- The Warrior
- Nowhere To Go
- Got Your Back
- The Ocean
Fighting Wolves are:
Danny ‘The Beast’ Martin
Pierre ‘Priest of the sky’ Badass
Jack ‘Sparra’ Bourne
Every song is made to be played. Loudly. All the way up to 11. If this album was, as I suspect, working through a breakup then they had a damn good time doing it.