Unto The Wolves -Year Two
Running Time: 1:04:55
Release Date: 01/12/2018
Review by Tsarina Wilson
Unto The Wolves gives the expression “one-man band” a whole new concept as John “Gage” Sifuentes performs and records all instrumentation and vocals and is the solo writer too. There is nothing this guy doesn’t do!
“Year Two” is reference to the second year of work being released through Patreon, where the songs are released on a monthly schedule, exclusively for patrons, and then once a full year of content is completed, it’s put together as a full-length album. And I think we can all be thankful for this, as this hard-hitting album is gritty with a heavy edge to it.
The songs are inspired by everyday life with people needing to accept others no matter what their race, culture or background. Hard hitting drums are so prominent throughout, the guitar riffs will leave you breathless, and Gage’s gritty gruffness to his voice makes for some good listening.
‘Doomsday’ starts off like an express train, with no letting up, and references the so-called end of the world but to be honest, with violence and frustration, was it our own doomsday?
Lines like “A time to love, and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace” in the track ‘Conflict Resolution’ certainly bring a few things home in this day and age. Throughout all the tracks, there are certainly underlying questions and feelings all brought together within this hard-hitting album, but at the end of it all we are buried alike and are equal in death.
Each track has its own hidden story and you can see in your own everyday life how these effect people. The album deals with everything, from war to poverty to race wars and more, things I’m sure we have all seen at some point in our lives. Gage certainly gets a message across in this album.
In addition, the track ‘The Catacombs’ features Daniel Graves.
“Year Two” has so much going for it. It’s ballsy, it’s gritty and it’s hard hitting. It questions things and makes you think, and this is all within a hard-hitting metal shell made for our enjoyment. This album isn’t for everyone, but it is such good listening. If this is “Year Two” then here’s to year three!
01-Validate The Pain
02- The Written Word
03-Immune To The Cold
04-A Will Of Servitude
05-Symptom Of Loyalty
08-The Catacombs (Featuring Daniel Graves)
09-Judge And Jury
11-The Gray Of Duality
12-Reprieve From Reality
13-Close My Eyes Forever (Bonus Track)
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