To Speak Of Wolves – Myself < Letting Go

By Steve on May-4-2010 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , | Share

To Speak Of Wolves – Myself < Letting Go
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4.2 (14 votes)

Band: To Speak Of Wolves
Title: Myself < Letting Go
Label: Solid State Records
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Review By: Steve
Track Listing:

  1. Darkness Often Yields The Brightest Light
  2. You Should Have Locked Your Doors Days Ago
  3. Trust, But Verify
  4. Dimming The Light
  5. White Dress, Red Letter
  6. Just One Time
  7. In The Midst Of The City
  8. Quercus Alba
  9. Your Cage May Not Have Bars, But It’s Still A Cage
  10. Nothing Ever Ends

Well I have had to rewrite this review a few times because I have grown with this album.  My first review was a little negative because I did not really care for it at first because it was a bit generic.  Then my reviews started to get increasingly positive with each spin in iTunes.  Now this five-piece melodic metalcore band out of North Carolina is really starting to grow on me.

Musically, Myself < Letting Go has grimy and dirty texture to it.  The sound is raw but has a good quality to it.  The guitar riffs seem to meander a bit; however, the meandering fits in well with the overall sound that To Speak Of Wolves is trying to capture.  The guitars are so thick that you can almost physically feel them coming out of your speakers at times.  The guitars are at the forefront of this album and do a good job of driving the album.

Vocally, Myself < Letting Go alternates effectively between hard and melodic giving the listener a good dose of both.  Rick Jacobs has a great screaming and singing voice that fits in perfectly with the album.  I found that his haunting clean vocal mix created somewhat of a somber atmosphere at times on the album.  I liked that his clean vocals had rock feel to them instead of a pop feel like so many melodic metalcore bands have done in the past.  The lyrics on the album are very metaphoric and may not mention Christ, yet in many of the songs there is little doubt of whom To Speak Of Wolves puts their faith in.  In one of my favorite tracks on the album, “White Dress, Red Letter” Jacob finishes the track with, “As I sleep I slide in place / A silhouette leads me to the corner / Guided by the Light of Grace. / This search for freedom you will never find / without the guidance of the Son of High. / This search for freedom you will never find / the only Glory that can heal the blind / this search for freedom you will never find / the only Maker that can end all time.”

Some other notable tracks on the album are “Quercus Alba” and “In The Midst Of The City.”  “Quercus Alba” starts out as a beautiful piano driven ballad with some soft clean vocals that slowly build into Jacobs letting go with screaming finish.  This is probably the most original and unique track on the album.  My favorite track on Myself < Letting Go would have to be “In The Midst Of The City.”  This track talks about fighting against this world and needing God to save and strengthen us.   “My arms give in I’m drowning. / don’t be afraid you say, the flame is forever burning. / This war is yours to win, so forward I keep marching. With your right hand (Father I beg) / Pull me up again (show me the way) / before the flood you send (guide me) / To the shallow end.”

Overall: This thick guitar driven album is sure to please metalcore fans; however, this may be an album you have to listen to several times to fully appreciate the artistry of To Speak Of Wolves.  It is an extremely well produced debut album and another solid album from yet another excellent Solid State act.

To Speak Of Wolves - Myself < Letting Go, 4.2 out of 5 based on 14 ratings

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Originally, from Albuquerque, NM but now I live in the Minneapolis area. I love Metal and Hardcore but I can tolerate pretty much anything. Albums I couldn't live without: Any Living Sacrifice album with Bruce on vocals, INXS - Kick, and AC/DC - Back in Black View all posts by Steve

20 Responses to 'To Speak Of Wolves – Myself < Letting Go'

  1. joe says:

    Steve is a genius

  2. PP says:

    Suggestion: I think it would be good to add at the end of your reviews “For fans of” with a quick list of 3-4 similar bands. I think people doesn’t have always the time to read every reviews, but to know quickly if we could like this band (if we never heard about it before) would be fun…

  3. Evan says:

    Deserves a 10!!!

    No, great review Steve!

  4. Tim says:

    After reading this, I am definitely buying it. You’ve definitely cast out any reservations. Cannot wait!

  5. I think I’ll pick this up in time. The song I heard sounded alright but nothing caught my attention with it really.

  6. gideon says:

    Astute review. I like the comment about the “rock feel” of the clean vocals, instead of the “pop feel”. That definitely hit the nail on the head – it was my first reaction to the songs I have heard. This aspect of the new vocalist was a big plus for me, as I like the idea of integrating clean singing in metalcore choruses, but find the emo-style execution used by most bands a bit too far of a departure from the heavy sound.

    The “grimy and dirty texture” comment was also dead-on. Given the resurgence of grunge as an influence, I’d say that bodes well for To Speak of Wolves.

  7. What resurgence of grunge? I WISH there was a resurgence, haha.

    • gideon says:

      I have just been hearing it more everywhere, particularly around college campuses. I have also seen more bands citing grunge bands. I just figured since we have beaten the 70s and 80s to death, it made sense.

    • JoshIVM says:

      Gideon is right, there is a resurgence. A bunch of bands from that era are reuniting, releasing new albums, or have continued to release albums: Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Hole, Alice In Chains, etc.

    • Brandon says:

      and since I grew up with that stuff, I’m pumped (except for Hole).

  8. Well, I’d hope that’s true but I would like to see some of that in the Christian scene. Pearl Jam was once my all-time favorite band and I’ve always loved them even though I’ve distanced myself from that music. To this day they put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen (behind only Muse). Don’t mean to hijack this thread though. I need to get this CD. :-P

  9. Gideon says:

    At any rate it sounds like the raw sound is a plus.

  10. Jacob1016 says:

    I totally agree with this review. I have only herd a few songs, but they grown on me with each spin. I believe this band has a good chance at making it on the metal scene.

  11. Tyler says:

    Not to mention the song Quercus Albo has Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath doing some guest vocals. It makes it even a better track

  12. Brody says:

    Really diggin’ this. I was a little tentative to buy it, because I liked everything I heard but was scared it would all sound the same. After a few listens, I see the personality in each track more and it’s a great cd.

  13. Steve says:

    I have heard other sites and readers here say that this is going to be the Christian metalcore album of the year. Now that is out who still feels that way?

  14. Travis Aker says:

    Umm there some bands that influences of the 90’s Grunge one would be Grammatrain that where really good,Common Children was a good band,Sometime Sunday was another one. Clash of Symbols was really good.

  15. Yorik bruhl says:

    I just got this album and couldn’t even get through the whole thing. Perhaps I will re-listen, as the reviewer says. Right now, I give it a 2/5

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