2017 : Heretic Thorns
Format : CD
For a lot of us into “extreme metal”, the forefathers that shaped our listening habits are pretty well entrenched as legends in the overall music landscape: The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig, Motörhead, Slayer, Bathory, et al, what I guess the youngins now call Dad Rock, but fuck all of those little bastards.
So here we Wülfskol, a band that encapsulate all of the bands listed above, leaning heavy on my main Manzig’s contribution to all that is wicked, and wearing those influences as the badges of honor they deserve. All of these gents are pretty much veterans of the South Texas metal and punk scene. We have David “this ain’t no side project” Herrera (Imprecation, Bahimiron, Christ Dismembered) on vokils, Shane Wilson (To Scale The Thrones) on bass, Zike Lee (Zike) on guitar and Hector Tenorio (Zike) on drums. This is a Houston underground music unSuper Group of a sort. Herrera is in top form with his “3 packs a day – I just gargled with Jack Daniels and razorblades” rasp that just made Lemmy pop a boner in his casket. Zike cooked up some of the best guitar licks I’ve ever heard, seriously….makes me hit that + + + every time. And the Wilson / Tenorio rhythm section would make Chuck Biscuits and Eerie Von high five and they probably hate each other. Throw in some “Whoooaaaaa Oooohhhs” and you pretty much have the musical equivilant of the philosopher’s stone. That’s the legendary alchemical substance that turns metal into gold for everyone I just went too esoteric on.
Now this isn’t some idiotic “retro whatever” crap, but we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel either. Hell, a quick peek at the song titles and you have a pretty good idea what’s in store: I Am The Devil’s Blood, Age Of Fire and Lucifer’s Spell. This is straight fist-to-the-face-boot-to-the-balls Thrashed out Punk ‘n’ Roll at it’s finest. A soundtrack for what another little ol’ band from Texas called beer drinkers and hell raisers. It’s a perfect palate cleanser for all of the bullshit you have floating into your ear on normal day, a musical sorbet before the Wine of Satan, if you will. When the wife and kids are gone, I like to turn it up to cop calling volumes, skank around the man cave until I hear a door open, then pretend I wasn’t doing anything. This is that kind of album, if you smell what I’m stepping in.
I’d also like to mention the stellar cover art designed by Herr Herrera and brought to fruition by the mighty Daniel Shaw, who also designed the logo above. This is limited to a measly 200 copies, and may require a little work for you life of ease types. My suggestion is catching them live, because that’s where they really shine. If that’s not an option, try a message to either of the Facebook pages listed below. David also sat in as a guest on episode 24 of the Plaguecast, for those of you into that sort of thing.