• Wolfbrigade "Anti-Tank Dogs" 7" (Green)
Since their formation in 1995, then under the moniker Wolfpack, WOLFBRIGADE have become one of the most enduring - and influential - forces in the worldwide hardcore-punk scene. Particularly at the turn of the millennium, when the revamped moniker was invoked, WOLFBRIGADE have etched a unique sound that draws in the locomotive surge of D-beat with the crushing intensity of death metal; some would call it "crust," but the band evade easy categorization with every record they release. And seven albums in and more than two decades touring worldwide under the WOLFBRIGADE banner, the "Lycanthro Punks" show no signs of slowing down.
If anything, WOLFBRIGADE have aged gracefully - if such a thing is allowed in punk and metal - almost like a fine wine. Case in point: the crushing new three-track EP Anti-Tank Dogs. This 12-minute stormer is a welcome reminder of how these Swedes have consistently remained a cut above the countless legions playing under the wider crust/metalpunk umbrella. Heavy as hell, a metal-tinged Discharge-meets-Motorhead on a hellbound train pounding out three tracks of their downtuned D-beat devastation, WOLFBRIGADE show a new aspect with the epic, Orgasmatronic B-side "Necronomion" - gloomy, haunting, an evocative atmosphere for post-apocalyptic times. Everything is brought into crushing clarity by the mastering courtesy of Magnus Lindberg (Converge, Cult of Luna, Tribulation, Hellacopters).
"On Anti-Tank Dogs, we stare down into the abyss of conformity," state the band. "It's our journey to the twilight world, the underground, a place that has no map or directions. Just follow no rules, abide by no laws, obliterate all obstacles, dismiss fear, and tell everyone to fuck off. Born to breed!"