11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sense of real-life experience behind the manic intensity of To Speak of Wolves, lifting this Greensboro, N.C.–based combo beyond the usual confines of Christian metalcore. The band’s sophomore album serves up plenty of mouth-frothing vocals (courtesy of new frontman Gage Speas), pummeling rhythms, and incendiary guitar work. What separates TSOW from the rest of the pack is the desperate edge of its songwriting, which avoids gothic clichés in favor of something more visceral and relevant. Tracks like “Hivemind,” “Stand Alone Complex," and “Voidwaker” are utterly ferocious as they reveal chasms of spiritual confusion and despair. “A Simple Thought That Changed Everything” cries out to God for salvation, while “Je Suis Fini” struggles to find a righteous path in a sinful world. The churning, industrial-tinged torment of “Oregon” offers some relief from the album's breakneck pace. The most emotionally moving track is “Rearview Memories,” a cathartic expression of grief built around the spoken prayers of Bree Macallister and Levi the Poet.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sense of real-life experience behind the manic intensity of To Speak of Wolves, lifting this Greensboro, N.C.–based combo beyond the usual confines of Christian metalcore. The band’s sophomore album serves up plenty of mouth-frothing vocals (courtesy of new frontman Gage Speas), pummeling rhythms, and incendiary guitar work. What separates TSOW from the rest of the pack is the desperate edge of its songwriting, which avoids gothic clichés in favor of something more visceral and relevant. Tracks like “Hivemind,” “Stand Alone Complex," and “Voidwaker” are utterly ferocious as they reveal chasms of spiritual confusion and despair. “A Simple Thought That Changed Everything” cries out to God for salvation, while “Je Suis Fini” struggles to find a righteous path in a sinful world. The churning, industrial-tinged torment of “Oregon” offers some relief from the album's breakneck pace. The most emotionally moving track is “Rearview Memories,” a cathartic expression of grief built around the spoken prayers of Bree Macallister and Levi the Poet.

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About To Speak of Wolves

A Christian metalcore unit based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, To Speak of Wolves was founded in 2007 by Phil Chamberlain, the brother of Underoath and Sleepwave frontman Spencer Chamberlain, Drew Fulk, Matthew Goldfarb, Aaron Shelton, and Chris Shelton. The band inked a deal with Tragic Hero Records shortly after forming, and released their debut EP, Following Voices, in 2009. A series of lineup changes preceded the release of their first full-length outing, 2010's Myself < Letting Go, with Chamberlain being the lone founding member to stay on. In 2016 the group issued the EP New Bones, and in 2017 they dropped their long-awaited sophomore long-player Dead in the Shadow, via Solid State Records. ~ James Christopher Monger

ORIGIN
Greensboro, NC
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2007

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