Following the success of the single #104, Melbourne’s own Alpha Wolf have recorded their debut album ‘Mono‘. Mono was produced by Greyscale Records and will be hitting our stores on July 14th!
“Mono is an audio representation of utter desperation and the illogical mindset of an individual when one goes through traumatic experience. Whether it’s death, loss of love or coming to terms with mortality.” explains Vocalist Aidan Ellaz “Mono means many things to each member. Written in times where the world is easily perceived as black and white. Mono is the emptiness you feel when you are alone in a motel on the highway and your soul is bleeding out on the floor.”
Alpha Wolf is comprised of vocalist Ellaz, guitarist Sabian Lynch, second guitarist Scottie Simpson, bassist/vocalist John Arnold, and drummer Jackson Arnold. Drawing inspiration from the likes of KoRn, Limp Bizkit, and Emmure, Alpha Wolf are steadily taking steps forward in wanting to get their names heard, and Mono is a huge step in the right direction!
‘Ward of the State’, the opening track of ‘Mono’, kicks things off with the prolonged grind of the opening riff, at the hands of guitarist Lynch, creating the atmosphere of where Mono is about to transport you; a true showcase of the talents of Alpha Wolf, be it Ellaz’s vocals, or the instrumental work that support him. (2:04)
The guitar work lends to the electricity this song sparks right from the beginning, in ‘No 2’. Speaking of loss, it paints visual images of despair, loss, and struggling to ‘keep your head above water’. The instrumentals are what resonates most in this track, creating a dark canvas for Holmes to spew his lyrics upon. (3:32)
Have you ever hit rock bottom, after losing someone you loved? ‘Golden Fate; Water Break’ emulates those very feelings. Despair. Anger. Darkness. The heaviness of the instrumental work lends to the story being told by front man, Ellaz. It’s a song that makes you want to close your eyes, shut out the world around you, and head-bang away. The female voice rounding out the end of the track wraps the song up perfectly. (3:40)
Completely altering the tempo direction of ‘Mono‘, ‘Shinobi Naku‘ starts out with the vocals of Ellaz, over a hypnotic melody being played on guitar. Proving that metal doesn’t have to be fully comprised of skin slamming or a heavy grinding of guitar, ‘Shinobi Naku’ transcends you to a whole new melodical plain. “Please, forget me, forget me!” What a powerful evoking of the darkness that can slowly creep, and consume someone whole. (1:49)
Turning the tempo direction of ‘Mono’ back on its head, ‘104’ brings back the manic pace that we’ve come to expect from Alpha Wolf. The instrumentals in ‘104’ send you free-falling through an atmosphere surrounded by chaos, despair, and angst; as well as lending aid to further demonstrate the vocal capabilities of Ellaz. The subtle use of spoken word during ‘104’ helps ground the track in a unique way, making it feel like more than just a track on an album, but more like a thought process. (3:17)
‘Promise Stays’ opening riff sets the tone for the track, instantly. The perfect blend of subtlety, and heavy instrumental. Is that even possible? It sure is! Lending a cleaner vocal within this track, ‘Promise Stays’ is one of the standouts of ‘Mono’, in my opinion. Striking a chord with themes of loss, and depression, ‘Promise Stays’ provides a strong instrumental performance, which helps highlight the vocal talents of Ellaz. (3:01)
You know once you come to the track, in which the album was named after, you’re in for a musical treat, and ‘Mono’ is no different. It slows everything right down; subtle guitar work, behind the vocals of Ellaz, creates another worldly feel that you haven’t experienced with this album, up until this point. It doesn’t need hammering riffs, it doesn’t need the thumping of drums. It’s somewhat soothing, the ‘calm before the storm’. Get ready to be transported, because this track is absolutely brilliant! (2:33)
Addiction. Many battle with it, some never managing to overcome the magnetic pull that it seems to possess. ‘Failvre’ makes note of a few ‘addictions’ (alcohol, OxyContin). Evoking the visuals of abuse, be it physical or mental, painting a very dark, and morbid, visual image. Everything isn’t sunshine, and rainbows, and Alpha Wolf make that point perfectly clear with ‘Failvre’. (3:29)
Currently available as a teaser for the album, on YouTube, ‘Golden Fate; Gut Ache’ is a very personal song for Lynch; it touches on the horrible topic of a neglected friendship resulting in suicide. Lynch says, ‘Golden Fate; Gut Ache was written as an outlet for myself, about a time where I neglected to be there for a friend at a time of need. It’s about the guilt I’ve felt and lived with since I heard the news of him taking his life. This feeling will always resonate with me and it’s something I felt I needed to pass on, so that we all know to stick by each other at all times.” This is somewhat different from what Alpha Wolf have shown us; showing the more melodic, and vulnerable, side of the band. We are all human, after all. (3:16)
‘My Untold Memoir’ slows things right down, yet again. Before the vocals even kick in, you’re lifted to another dimension with the opening instrumentals, yet again creating another worldly feel. The soft guitar work, with the drums alongside it, smoothly blends with the softly spoken words of Ellaz. You’re transcended, yet again, to a similar melodic plain experienced with ‘Shinobi Naku’. (2:03)
‘Epiphobia’ opens with a clever blending of distorted words, and instrumentals, creating somewhat of a chaotic atmosphere. Once Holmes comes through clearly, the instrumentals lend an underground, ‘grungy’ feel, taking the atmosphere of the track from chaotic, to a place that seems to be more surrounded by darkness; by fear. ‘Epiphobia’ definitely takes you to a place that the album hasn’t done, and as the second last track on the album, it’s a welcomed feeling. Definitely hammers home the images of fear, and phobia. (2:13)
The chaotic nature that has been apparently throughout ‘Mono’ continues with ‘Devon St’, with somewhat of a heavier tone. Ellaz’s lyrics clearly indicating Devon St is about the loss of love, and pushing the envelope of not being the only one who has ever done so. The combination of singing, and spoken word, makes ‘Devon St’ one of the more unique tracks on the album, rounding out ‘Mono’ perfectly. (3:21)
“MONO” AVAILABLE JULY 14TH 2017 VIA GREYSCALE RECORDS