12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a desperate sense of mission to VxV—the sophomore album by Wolves at the Gate—heard in the fervency of the band’s musicianship and the biblical rigor of their tunes. While still definably post-hardcore in sound, the band stretch out beyond the genre with spoken-word passages and prog-rock arrangement ideas. Nick Detty’s larynx-searing screams and Steve Cobucci’s melodic vocals create a tension that captures the spiritual struggle raging in the songs. Lyrically, VxV places God at the album's center as it returns again and again to the theme of Christ’s love and sacrifice. Whether exalting the Savior with blazing guitars (“Wake Up”), meditating upon redemption in rumbling tones (“East to West”), or embracing the Light to a surging beat (“The Convicted”), the band never flag in energy or zeal. “Dust to Dust” is probably the album’s heaviest tune, while “The Bird and the Snake” is a standout ballad. At six-plus minutes, the closing track, “The Father’s Bargain,” veers from volcanic eruptions to serene passages as it sums up VxV’s devotional, ultimately hopeful message.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a desperate sense of mission to VxV—the sophomore album by Wolves at the Gate—heard in the fervency of the band’s musicianship and the biblical rigor of their tunes. While still definably post-hardcore in sound, the band stretch out beyond the genre with spoken-word passages and prog-rock arrangement ideas. Nick Detty’s larynx-searing screams and Steve Cobucci’s melodic vocals create a tension that captures the spiritual struggle raging in the songs. Lyrically, VxV places God at the album's center as it returns again and again to the theme of Christ’s love and sacrifice. Whether exalting the Savior with blazing guitars (“Wake Up”), meditating upon redemption in rumbling tones (“East to West”), or embracing the Light to a surging beat (“The Convicted”), the band never flag in energy or zeal. “Dust to Dust” is probably the album’s heaviest tune, while “The Bird and the Snake” is a standout ballad. At six-plus minutes, the closing track, “The Father’s Bargain,” veers from volcanic eruptions to serene passages as it sums up VxV’s devotional, ultimately hopeful message.

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About Wolves At the Gate

Cedarville, Ohio-based quintet Wolves at the Gate blend post-hardcore and metalcore with a strong Christian message. Formed in 2009, the original lineup was based around singer/guitarist Steve Cobucci and drummer Ryan Connelly. Their initial jam sessions led to several local gig offers and the duo recruited bassist Ben Summers, guitarist Jeremy Steckel, and singer Colin Jones, whose throaty screams countered Cobucci's cleaner vocal style. Connelly was quickly replaced by Dave Nestor on drums and it was this lineup that produced the group's debut EP, We Are the Ones, in 2011. Their heavy technical style and strong Christian themes landed them a deal with Tooth & Nail imprint Solid State Records, home to similar-minded bands like Oh, Sleeper and Fit for a King. With new singer Nick Detty replacing Colin Jones and Ben Millhouse on drums, they released their debut LP, Captors, in 2012, which debuted at number seven on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. They spent much of the following year touring before settling in to record their sophomore album. As the personnel shifted once again, Dylan Baxter took over the drum throne, cementing the lineup that would release their second album, VxV, in June 2014. September 2016 saw the release of a new single, "Flickering Flame," in anticipation of their third studio long-player, Types and Shadows, which dropped later that November. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Cedarville, OH
  • GENRE
    Metal
  • FORMED
    2008

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