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Hour of the Wolf

Power of the Wolf

(Limekiln; US: 8 Aug 2006)

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over the course of eight songs. It’s rapid, rampant and rabid punk the way it was done in seedy bars and basements for decades. The hellacious “Eat You Alive” is old-school punk with just a hint of rockabilly thrown in for good measure. “Spit It Right Back” is another short, punchy two-minute rave-up that is still very tight and catchy. The Hour of the Wolf packs a wallop with each ditty, whether it’s the lean, well-oiled and relentless “Black Blood Transfusion” or the run-of-the-mill “Death’s Coming” that temporarily downshifts a gear or two. But with the buzzsaw intensity of numbers like “Wild Man” and “You’re Through”, it’s hard not to cozy up to. One howl of an album! Oops, er, EP.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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