On the wind-bitten plains of Skaraborg, Sweden, the wolves have arisen once again. They are on the prowl, yearning for your blood, warm and fresh. On their tenth full-length album Wolfbrigade go deep and they are ruthless. This time they have only submitted to themselves; from recording to production and art work. Working in isolation resulted in sharpened ears and teeth. The ten songs rip into both body and mind, with no holds barred regarding power, substance and melody.
The band recently released a video for “The Wolfman,” based on the theme of Sigmund Freud’s “Wolfman’s dream,” directed by MeANkind, and edited by Henrik Norsell. The video is an incredibly stark, prime example not only of the band’s long-established but ever progressing sound, but of the band’s political message, beliefs, and outlook on humanity. A visual amalgamation of Orwellian overwatch by governmental powers, lessons unlearned from the nuclear arms race of the mid-1900s, and our current state of worldwide socio-political unrest serves as a backdrop for the band’s raging d-beat angst and scathing vocal detestation.
This time around, Wolfbrigade’s hybrid beast of Swedish hardcore and death metal known as Lycanthro Punk has become even more distinct. These ten tracks of destruction display both a love for 80’s metal hooks and intros, as well as primitive hardcore brutality.
The lyrics dissect the state of human existence, the bizarre animal presence that we are. The naked apes. Exploring the dynamics that rule man. Power and submission. Manipulation. The injustices of inequality. This is an album seething with anger and frustration.
The band remark “Humans are a narcissistic breed, incapable of real change. This album is a way for us to deal with the fact that we are one of a large pack, submitting to the same societal norms as everyone else. No matter how much we would like it to be different. We are all on the same crazy trip.”
The Enemy: Reality track listing
Sum of All Vices
Hammer to the Skull
Nightmare of Wolves
Wells of Despair
Hunt the Hunter Wolfbrigade are:
Jocke Rydbjer – Guitar
Micke Dahl – Vocals
Erik Norberg – Guitar
Johan Erken – Bass
Tommy Storback – Drums
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