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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