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Hour of the Wolf: ObsoleteObsolete (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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If you've enjoyed anything you've heard from them before, you have no real reason not to like the latest entry in Hour of the Wolf's parade of annual EPs. Obsolete is yet another condensed crunch of the band's dirty punk 'n' roll littered with Flag-style hardcore grooves. Admittedly, there seems .
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If you've enjoyed anything you've heard from them before, you have no real reason not to like the latest entry in Hour of the Wolf's parade of annual EPs. Obsolete is yet another condensed crunch of the band's dirty punk 'n' roll littered with Flag-style hardcore grooves.

Admittedly, there seems to be a slight progression here that involves a little more melody and garage punk swagger à la, say, Hot Snakes. There's ripping slices of guitar work in "Age of Nothing," which comes off more confident and snappy than much of what the band's previously laid to tape. But there's also an awesome early L.A. hardcore vibe to "Bloodstains"--I'm thinking Adolescents, really--while closer "Cowards and Critics" gets on an aggressive propulsion with succumbing to any sort of cheesy rock 'n' roll feel. Really, though, Obsolete manages this feat finely through its entire course.

This just might be Hour of the Wolf's finest slab of tracks to date even as they continue to refine and restrain. They're pulling out the qualities that sound best, and if a full-length is next the timing would be perfect as they're really honing it well now.

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cloudkicker (March 25, 2010)

Blood Stains is an Agent Orange song.

onegirlarmy (March 25, 2010)

idoes the reviewer realize that "Bloodstains" is a cover?

Honestly, I had no clue whatsoever. So it's kinda cool I was almost spot on after Googling it.


Yup, Adolescents cover. You were right on Brian, even if you didn't realize it at the time.

This band/EP is fantastic. I wish they'd do a full length but I'll take what I can get with the EP's. They're also fucking phenomenal live.

inagreendase (March 25, 2010)

does the reviewer realize that "Bloodstains" is a cover?

Honestly, I had no clue whatsoever. So it's kinda cool I was almost spot on after Googling it.

d_bag (March 24, 2010)

does the reviewer realize that "Bloodstains" is a cover?

Dante3000 (March 23, 2010)

Big fan of this band and this EP. I actually have to check it out on my iTunes, for some reason it's super quiet when I play it. Then I'm blasted out of my seat when their other EPs come up.

Rastid (March 23, 2010)

love this band. "faith in fiction" is a sick song.

brangelina (March 23, 2010)

This band is so AWESOME

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