Wow. I'm a bit lost for words here. I was clueless what to expect from a group called 'Lone Wolf and Cub' with an album title like May You Only See Sky. Much to my surprise Lone Wolf and Cub actually play very progressive post-hardcore, drawing strongly from melodic death metal, post-thrash and hardcore. Unlike a lot of groups playing melodic death on the more metalcore side of things,
- these guys can: churn out some great riffs, showing flashes of impressive musicianship
- inject their music with a startling amount of venom and passion
- demonstrate some very impressive song writing and structuring skills in their arrangements
As far as I'm concerned, that already places them on top of the pile in an over saturated scene full of soulless hot topic clones and terrible At The Gates / Hatebreed / The Haunted impersonators. It was actually strange being confronted with such an abrasive and aggressive vocal style - I'm used to groups adopting melodic death metal elements to water down the abrasiveness of the music, not conduce it.
The riffing and structures themselves are anything but generic and derivative. There are a few clean/acoustic guitar passages that actually fit in extremely well with the overall flow of songs, rather than following the common line of thought which seems to be 'I know! We'll just throw in an acoustic guitar intro for no apparent reason! See, we're eclectic!'.
This was an extremely very impressive EP - I rarely do anything but bag new metalcore and melodic death acts, but there guys are really something else. The EP is only five tracks long, but lasts around nineteen minutes. Clearly a lot of time and thought has gone into the development of these songs - and that really becomes apparent after a few spins. If you are a fan of melodic death metal, more modern hardcore or even metalcore I urge you to give these guys a listen. I can almost guarantee you will be impressed.
Definitely not another generic band simply adding 2 parts metalcore to 1 part melodic death metal. Check them out at their MySpace page - www.myspace.com/wolfncub - or on their record label, He Who Corrupts Inc - www.hewhocorrupts.com/wolfandcub/