12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its debut album, Ride with Death, Denver’s Speedwolf foregoes the complicated arrangements and ironic subject matter of its contemporaries for a no-nonsense biker-rock eardrum assault. Speedwolf's namesake tune kickstarts the album like a perfect hybrid of early Motörhead and Danzig’s 1988 eponymous debut. Drummer Richie Tice’s versatile playing style segues between a thrash-metal attack and feckless speed-metal patterns, nicely contrasting singer Reed Bruemmer’s throat-grating howls. The whiskey-throttled riffs of guitarist Kris Wells kick out jams reminiscent of a young Larry Wallis, but it’s the sublime nods to bands like Angel Witch and Venom that (along with Bruemmer’s straight-ahead phrasing) help keep Ride with Death light-years ahead of so many party-thrash acts. The lightning-fast blast beats introducing “I Am the Demon” give the rest of the band plenty to keep up with. They pull it off in spades—especially bassist Jake Kaufmann—though it’s Bruemmer who just crushes this song with a riveting performance. The anthemic “Denver 666” is a fan favorite that’s impossible to listen to while driving the legal speed limit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its debut album, Ride with Death, Denver’s Speedwolf foregoes the complicated arrangements and ironic subject matter of its contemporaries for a no-nonsense biker-rock eardrum assault. Speedwolf's namesake tune kickstarts the album like a perfect hybrid of early Motörhead and Danzig’s 1988 eponymous debut. Drummer Richie Tice’s versatile playing style segues between a thrash-metal attack and feckless speed-metal patterns, nicely contrasting singer Reed Bruemmer’s throat-grating howls. The whiskey-throttled riffs of guitarist Kris Wells kick out jams reminiscent of a young Larry Wallis, but it’s the sublime nods to bands like Angel Witch and Venom that (along with Bruemmer’s straight-ahead phrasing) help keep Ride with Death light-years ahead of so many party-thrash acts. The lightning-fast blast beats introducing “I Am the Demon” give the rest of the band plenty to keep up with. They pull it off in spades—especially bassist Jake Kaufmann—though it’s Bruemmer who just crushes this song with a riveting performance. The anthemic “Denver 666” is a fan favorite that’s impossible to listen to while driving the legal speed limit.

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