There’s something completely lifegiving about hardcore punk. The energy, the opposition, the hidden melodies of uprising. It’s the music of choice when everything becomes simply to dark and convoluted and all I want to do is give up and give in.
And Wolfbrigade, the long-running Swedish hardcore stalwarts are an excellent choice in such situations. Their take on the genre incorporates both a certain amount of melody, as well as touches of both thrash/death metal and more Motörhead-like rock’n’roll (a band that seems to have influenced both logo and album-covers to a certain extent).
But underneath such stylistic choices, of course, still beats (d-beats, even :-) ) the true heart of punk – the empathy with the downtrodden and the utter disregard and contempt for the high, mighty and power-hungry.
Which all brings about this energizing combination of rage and downright body-moving, mosh-inducing pit-unity that so often makes going to a punk-show so invigorating (bruises and all).
And, to release an album as fresh and direct as Run With The Hunted, 20-odd years into a punk-rock “career” bodes well for a special experience when your tired body will be trying to keep up with Wolfbrigade on Sunday 22nd April at Het Patronaat.
Swedish crust berserks Wolfbrigade gave rein to their anger inside Bullhead City Circus at Wacken 2017.
Liveset, Wacken Open Air, 2017
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