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Wolves Like Us

Late Love

(Prosthetic; US: 16 Sep 2011; UK: 20 Sep 2011)

Norwegian metal’s influence remains ever-present and ever-important. As a result, a band such as Oslo-based Wolves Like Us has a lot to live up to. On its debut, the band offers up a meaty, dense set of tracks, and although the clear point of comparison is hardcore, at times it sounds more like a typical metal sonic palette that’s being restrained. This creates an odd tension, especially given that the heavy, rumbly distortion throughout the record clashes oddly with the almost pop sensibility present on many of the songs. Though much of the album is heavy, in particular the satisfyingly punishing “Deathless”, other material on the album is more tuneful than heavy, as with the track “Secret Handshakes”. The band aims for a sort of melodic sound on the latter tracks, but the thick, grimy distortion that recalls Isis’ sludgier work sounds odd in light of that melodic structure. The band even diverts into longer, more progressive fare on the portentously titled “To Whore With Foreign Gods”, but that only ends up being uneven in comparison to the rest of the material of the record. Late Love is the sound of a band who knows how to rock, but just not in the right way.


Brice Ezell is Assistant Editor at PopMatters, where he also reviews music, film, and books, which he has done since 2011. He also is the creator of PopMatters' Notes on Celluloid column, which covers the world of film music. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (formerly Hidden Track). His short story, "Belle de Jour", was published in 67 Press' inaugural publication The Salmagundi: An Anthology. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. He lives in Chicago.

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