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Be The Wolf - Torino

Be The Wolf
by Will Travers at 31 January 2021, 12:40 PM

BE THE WOLF are a three-piece Hard Rock group hailing from Italy. Their recent release “Torino” taking inspiration from their hometown and with a list of influences from the likes of JUDAS PRIEST and SKID ROW I sit in anticipation for this to begin.

The artwork is… interesting. Initially I thought that the apparent face in the artwork was made up of car engine parts… Now I am not so sure. Opening with “Undefeated” there are silky guitar hooks and the soft vocals of Federico that catch your attention. But my initial thoughts are that I would pen this more as Indie music than I would Hard Rock, but that’s the beauty of music, it can all be personal interpretation. “April” gives way to “Failures” and here we have a glimpse of something a little bit heavier. Something can be said, the music is catchy and it is infectious, you cannot help but tap your feet and want to move a little bit.

The little finesse at the beginning of “Teenage Mutants” is utterly delightful. The light and airy track really shows the heart of the record, with a lovely feel good and jolly atmosphere, but also peppered with intricacies and subtle background elements that take it from a good track to a fantastic one. “Pretty Little Things” injects a bit of pace again, which I will reiterate a point I made earlier about the infectiousness of the music, I find myself sat here, just wanting to get moving. I’m just going to jump ahead to the final track “Dancing Rhinos”, and I chose this track because I love rhinos. It is a solid song, but I think it may have been placed in the wrong part of the track listing; personally I would always prefer to have a high octane, fast paced finale that leaves me breathless wanting a bit more. The same as you would want at a live show.

Overall, this is a good album and I would suggest that anyone hear it to allow for expansion of their own musical tastes, unfortunately it wasn’t much to my own personal taste. It is much more Pop Rock / Indie than it is Hard Rock. I think that this will sit well with fans of MÄXIMO PARK or in fact JACK WHITE.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Undefeated
2. April
3. Failures
4. Teenage Mutants
5. Stay Awake
6. Pretty Little Things
7. Cinnamon
8. Torino
9. Sorry Not Sorry
10. Dancing Rhinos
Federico Mondelli – Vocals/Guitar
Marco Verdone – Bass
Paul Canetti – Drums
Record Label: Scarlet Records


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