Monday, September 12, 2016

Album Review: 'The Cross and The Switchblade' by Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves

Title:  The Cross and The Switchblade (Wiretap Records, Gunner Records, BandCamp [Wiretap])
Artist:  Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp)

Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves' sophomore full-length The Cross and The Switchblade is nothing short of sensational.  The Winston-Salem, NC quartet have perfected their sound precisely mixing elements of melodic and post hardcore, classic rock, alt country, and straight up punk with undeniable heart, driving energy, honesty, and purposefully poignant lyrics.  From the opening snarl of "Give Me Conviction" to the final crescendo of "Cathedral" The Cross and The Switchblade shreds and hits home with 10 anthems that challenge you to not sing along with all your heart.

Since forming in 2013, Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves have released two full-length albums and two EPs, all of which are fantastic but The Cross and The Switchblade is most definitely the band's magnum opus.  This is pretty much a flawless and certainly a timeless record.  Some records you hear and love but over the years you lose touch with those songs, only occasionally returning to them out of feelings of nostalgia.  This is not one of those records.  With each listen, you find new dynamics, new folds and twists, new lyrics that grab your heart, making you realize that you may never find all the layers but can't wait to keep trying.

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