Title - 'The War Behind The Wolf'
Artist - Downtread
After a short hiatus, Downtread return to the musical fold with a brand new studio album, The War Behind The Wolf. To be released this coming November 6th, 2015, formed in 2007, the band has steadily attracted a growing fan base propelled by their aggressive riffs, monster drums and prowess and, simply put, their ongoing prowess in delivering deep, meaningful, reality-born lyrics.
Downtread - Brett Petrusek (Vocals/Guitar); Eric Domagall (Drums); Marc Paradise - (Guitar) and Robert Berg on Bass - are a modern classic, riding high on lofty rock vibes with a clear nod to guitar work emanating from the best of the 70's and 80's, alongside an expressive 21st century aggressive growl, so to speak. True, they are not reinventing the wheel here, but they are giving it some new expressive traction, that's for sure.
Ergo, The War Behind The Wolf is one true mother of a titanic, hook-laden album to musically behold, trust me! From the off, 'Next Victim' tells it like it is, and foreshadows what it to come. The heavy guitar work, and resounding, pounding vocals continue onward with 'Rise Up,' a cut that rises and rises like a soaring eagle taking flight during a thunderstorm. The brilliant 'Culture Of Violence' may bring the tone down a tad, but the energy, the angst for abundant storytelling is still there.
The tuneful rock of 'Fall From Grace' is one of my favorites of the ten new tracks and is followed by 'Perfect Day.' Vocalist and guitarist Petrusek has stated that "the stories on this are are without question delving into the darker depths of self-realization, struggle, rage and the current wave of terror and violence in the modern world." Well, once you listen to the album in full, and once again immediately after (it has to be done), you too will be able to hear where his lyrical thoughts have indeed embedded themselves.
Perhaps none more so than on the crushing 'World Is Breaking,' yet another blockbuster of a story being told. That's backed by the closest thing to a "ballad" on the album, 'Catatonic State' which is then followed by the mid-tempo vibe of 'Broken Man.' This politically charged, polarizing at times new album is then rounded out by both 'Minds Erased' and then, finally, the highly profound, 'Buried Not Dead.'
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk