Black Soul Choir is the sophomore release from the Norwegian metal act Wolves Like Us and I must admit, I was slightly surprised by what heard when I sat down to listen to this record. Judging by the band name and title alone I was expecting an extreme metal onslaught, but I could not have been more wrong. Black Soul Choir is a surprising mix of fuzzy hard rock and metal with tons of melodic overtones.
Wolves Like Us rise above the mediocrity that plagues modern rock bands by writing multi-dimensional tunes that are as heavy as they are groove-laden resulting in, I feel, much more listenable and enjoyable music. Take for instance the song “Your Word Is Law” which opens with a groovy hypnotic bass and drum intro that ramps up into what can be considered the best song on the disc; it is heavy, but has substance and more importantly, groove.
Another song worth mentioning is “Dig With Your Hands”, a heavy, powerful slow burning number that, much like the album in general, really gets up under your skin. All in all Black Soul Choir is a good solid album and one I’ll be revisiting frequently.
01. Days Of Ignorance
02. Three Positions
03. I Don’t Need To Be Forgiven
04. A Wish Of Fools
05. When Will We Ever Sleep
06. Your Word Is Law
07. Dig With Your Hands
10. We Were Blood
11. Thanatos Wins Again
Run Time: 41:54
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Check out the song “I Don’t Need To Be Forgiven”