Earlier this year, a little band called Out Came The Wolves made their break when they scored a deal with Roadrunner Records. They had previously supported the likes of Asking Alexandria and We Came As Romans in This move gave them a platform to create what they wanted on a far higher budget than before on the “best label in the world” according to guitarist George Shrouder. This can clearly be seen on Strange Fate: the record is a massive sound that is new even to their fans.
Opening track 96 shows that the band mean business from the very start. Screamed vocals come in within the first fifteen seconds and the whole of the first verse seems to be a build. This then results into a soaring chorus that then breaks into a screamed second verse and the sound just grows from there. The real influence of bands like Asking Alexandria is evident and it is pretty clear that the following collection will be of a high-quality melodic metalcore sound.
Lyrically, Strange Fate is pretty sound as you would expect from a seasoned band but it is still surprising Out Came The Wolves can produce tracks of this quality so early in their recording career. A notable line is one from the opening of Bleed which states simply “if we die then we die but at least we could scream for our lives”. This is reminiscent of the rest of the album in terms of its vaguely nihilistic outlook and the emphasis of doing something with the one life you get.
A big addition to the record’s individual tracks is the gang/layered vocal lines. A prime example is the repetition of “buried alive” in Queen Mary which reinforces the desperate place from which the lyrics of the track are written. The mixing of these lines adds a depth to the lead vocal that gives the song sound almost symphonic in nature.
The standout of Strange Fate is Bleed, which holds some of the strongest lyrics on the record as well as a fantastic bassline at the start. It is probably the most “radio rock” sound on the album, and this works well as a contrast to the pure ferocity of a lot of the rest of the release. Having said that, in the middle there is a screamed section that keeps the track in cohesion with the rest – it is anything but sticking out noticeably. A song that could define the band’s career progression for the future, but will by no means be their only hit from the album.
Overall then, the release is one of power yet control, of anger but with great thought and attention to detail. Out Came The Wolves are surely set to be breaking into the metalcore elite of today sometime soon, so get in on their style now and take the ride with them.