Artist: She Cries Wolf
Area: Gold Coast, Brisbane
Date of release: February 22nd, 2019
Genre: Metalcore / Hardcore
Engineered and mixed by Cory Judd.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan).
For Fans Of: Let Live
She Cries Wolf have surprised us all with the release of their third LP "Liar" and as to be expected, have pushed their boundaries again to create a cocktail full of punk rock, metalcore and hardcore influence while getting atmospheric and dissonant at times to complete the journey that is this album.
We start with ‘Perjury’ a sampled piece with a smooth back beat that transitions into an anger filled and heavy expression piece which immediately gives off the feeling that the band has something to say with a right hook to back it up in case you weren’t paying attention.
From ‘Perjury’ we move onto ‘Magdalene’ a staple piece for the album with the feature of The Amity Affliction’s own Ahren Stringer. I feel as if we get the same feeling or emotion that the intro track sets with the pacing and phrasing of this song. The layers to this song vocally and instrumentally match the layers and levels of emotion within the lyrics also which whether intentional or not is a sure-fire way to catch attention and get listeners to try and relate and engage with your songs.
One thing that really stands out to me across the whole album is the attention to detail and the layers that come from this. Instrumentally the layers help create that feeling of raw emotion with a hint of chaotic mess to which we have come accustomed to with She Cries Wolf but as I mentioned above it helps to engage listeners especially with hints as to what the songs might be about without giving away too much leaving you to work it out or relate for yourself.
The riffs of ‘After Death’ still resonate in my mind accompanied by excellent vocal delivery. Everything on this track is so punchy and, in your face, I love everything about it from the build up of the start with the sample intro to the double kicks at the end and even though it’s one of the longer songs on this release it doesn’t feel like it.
After liking ‘After Death’ so much I eagerly tuned into ‘Moments (After Death Pt.II)' which gives off the feeling that things are starting to wind down on this one, the vocal performance on this one stands out to me especially with the levels of sustain in vocalist Luke Harriss’ voice.
She Cries Wolf have delivered an excellent contained mess of an album with the right amount of experimentation and risk while sticking true to themselves. I highly recommend giving this album a listen and then further seeing it live as I can picture this is where the release will truly shine.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 8/10