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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world




MARCH 2 2014



Wow, it’s December already and this one nearly passed us by until it hit the desk this week almost 10 months after its February 2014 release! For those of you who don’t know there is quite a buzz in the UK about Black Wolf – and they join a long line of bands to be anointed as the saviours of UK Rock.

Musically we are in a wonderful combination of late eighties meets new millennium territory here – the grimy sleazy Sunset Strip – and the end of the spectrum that took its cue from bands like The Stones and Aerosmith rather than Metal or Glam. There’s certainly a discerning bit of grunge flavour in there too, but more of a STP meets Soundgarden vibe that of course looks back far further to bands like Zepp.

The Blues-flavour comes across beautifully on tracks like ‘Keep Moving on’ and the chunky riffs of ‘Moving Mountains’ but it’s songs like ‘Faith in Me’ that lower the pace and add depth here with a touch of bands like Blind Melon – a band that knew how to touch your soul.

Five tracks in ‘Trouble’ seals the deal with its urgency and immediacy, before almost-ballad ‘Only Said the Silence’ blows you away with its immediacy and soul. And that really is the appeal here – a selection of great songs anchored by the guitar of Greenhill and Cronin and taken to another level by Sharp’s soulful, bluesy Shannon Hoon via Jack White vocals.  

The second half of the album is equally as accomplished with the Black Stone Cherry-like modern  take on Southern Rock/Boogie evident on tracks like ‘House of Emerald Sun’ and ‘Raised on The Sun’ before ‘Black Hole Friend’ shows how east these guys find it up the ante with a real rocker.

‘Dragging Ghosts ‘ really pushes the sweet vocals above the parapet of what would otherwise be just another great song and that is the’ ace up the sleeve’ that Black wolf always has in reserve along with the musical strength of dual guitars, driving bass Lennox-Brown’s inspired drums on tracks like ‘Relief’.

To close its tracks like ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Sea of Merry’ that seals the deal. Black Wolf is a great band and one finally worthy of the tag they have been given. This is a band you know will go on to greater things.

For me though at the end of the day Black Wolf sound most like what Blind Melon captured best in the early nineties but with a harder edge. It’s the sort of timeless rock that many bands try to capture, but unlike Black Wolf fail to do so because musically they always fall short. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard such a talented band that also have the song-writing ability to match their chops.



by Mark Rockpit