|WolfSpring - Who's Gonna Save The World?
7 January 2013
01. Ninety Nine
03. In The Shade
04. Race Against The Clock
05. The End Of The Line
06. My Religion
07. The Piper Of Hamelin
08. Different Colors Of Life
09. Wheels Of Confusion [Black Sabbath cover]
If your choice for prog is something that at the same time sounds not overly complicated yet non-trivial, or in other words down to earth, I think WolfSpring is exactly something that you should be looking at. By not being in any way pretentious, this album has slowly but surely crept into my confidence over time.
Up front, I really had no idea who WolfSpring was. Neither did I get much insight after looking these details up on the net. Yes, it's a side-project of Nemo, which I happen to be acquainted with, kind of. But I'm still more or less starting out with a blank slate. As are most likely any of you. So, what have we got here besides the established sensible boundaries for musical ventures?
What I like about WolfSpring's sound is a very solid foundation. There's the definitive underlying bass that goes on and on and guides the rather slowly flowing music. There are the drums that work perfectly in unison with bass. And then there are the nicely distorted guitar harmonies that are leaning on the hard rock side, with vocals to support that image. With added keys for mood, the overall impression is that of a dark atmosphere that's not particularly oppressive but... It's kind of gloomy in the sense that your typical rainy autumn day is just grey. Maybe that's the comparison I'm looking for. WolfSpring sound grey. Tons of nuances, all grey.
If you want a reference, one sits right there in the track list. The last song of the album is Black Sabbath's cover of "Wheels Of Confusion." If you know that one, you can extrapolate from there: modern sound, cleaner vocal work, and the lot. That cover is a good baseline to start out with. Just don't venture too far. Who's Gonna Save The World? doesn't seem to be making any claims on conquering some hitherto untrodden ground. Nor does it seem to be trying to exhibit unmatched technical prowess. It's just a very solid, no-nonsense album. Even instrumentals and solos are of the no-nonsense kind. And that appears to be its strength.
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