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For The Wolves - Single Review: The Devil You Know

17 Jun 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard

This was just what I needed today. Pandemic lockdown here in the UK has me climbing the walls and wanting to quite frankly rip someone's head off. I needed an escape, a distraction and to let off some emotional steam.

Turn my speakers up loud, new single The Devil You Know from Brissy-based For The Wolves patched in and BOOM!

An instant blast of energetic, riff-laden, blues-tinged, psyche rock 'n' roll. It kicks into a straight-ahead beat as the vocals fire in almost immediately. My head starts to bang as the guitars crunch and soar.

Think He Is Legend in a mash-up with Monster Magnet and you will get some idea of what to expect. Brad's vocals sit perfectly with the music. He has real depth to his voice and enough control to know when less equals more.

The chorus sweeps in with a melody that drives the hooks in further and lifts the song but it is the constant rhythm and drive along with an overall heaviness that makes The Devil You Know stand out. This is music that isn't trying to be clever or weird or cool just content to be what it is and is all the better for it.

There really isn't much more to say. A faultless tune, hitting all the right spots with the only complaint being its radio-friendly 3 min 22-second run time means it is over all too soon.

Nevermind. Just hit repeat and turn the volume up a bit louder.


Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About For The Wolves

For The Wolves is a powerhouse Heavy Psych Rock outfit based in Brisbane, Australia. Initially formed as a duo in 2015, For The Wolves was conceived when the palpable musical energy between vocalist/guitarist Brad Andrew and drummer Anthony Molyneux became manifest during their first garage jam.

The elemental pairing of primal drumbeats and hooky guitar riffs would lay the foundation for the sonic fusion of hard rock and ambient psychedelia that now permeates their song writing. With the addition of Liam Thompson on bass guitar in 2016 and the rhythm guitarist/synth player Cory Cook in 2017, For The Wolves had solidified their line-up and inaugurated the sound that would propel them into the Brisbane music scene to great reception.

With collective respect for iconic and stylistically unique bands like Tool, Mastodon and Pink Floyd, For The Wolves share a focused pursuit to create original and captivating art through their musical compositions and relentlessly energetic live performances. This focus and commitment to their art has seen the group gain rapid traction in the Brisbane music scene among audiences and peers alike, having played such high-profile festivals as Wallapalooza and Halloween Hysteria, as well as winning a coveted spot on the Dead of Winter line-up via an online voting poll, all within 2019 alone.

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