Chicago’s Nequient unleash over 40 minutes of atypical hardcore mayhem on their full-length debut, Wolves at the Door.
After a barrage of guitar-generated noise and hellacious percussion introduces the album at the beginning of “Scorcher”, listeners will know exactly what they are getting themselves into. Wolves at the Door is a brutal debut that blends elements of hardcore, metalcore, grindcore and everything in between into a chaotic tour de force. The songs are complex, volatile, and chock full of impressive musicianship and eclectic vocal performances. They rip and roar through various extreme metal subgenres, melding them almost perfectly, to arrive at their ultimate goal at ripping listeners to shreds.
The album wastes no time in delivering the goods with the one-two punch of “Scorcher” and “ROI”. Both tracks weave through several different sections of sonic assaults, not limited to tremolo-picked grind and angular discordance, without sounding sloppy or forced. Similar artists sometimes fall into the trap of forcing the spastic nature of their music rather than letting it flow naturally, resulting in songs that are more or less a blur of rambunctious but ultimately forgettable riffs. These tracks on the other hand, as well as the entire album, avoids this pitfall by crafting endlessly memorable riffs and smooth as silk transitions while keeping everything hyperactive. They throttle and thrash without mercy and stick to the mind as well.
The insanity continues in tracks like “Mammon and Moloch”, which sees the band blending Botch-esque mathcore with churning, disemboweling death metal before ripping through some thrashy, d-beat laden hardcore. More emphasis on hardcore and grind can be found in the raging “Blast Beats and Cocaine” which, while more straightforward than most of the tracks on the album, finds a way to be weird, ugly and unpredictable. Hyperspeed melodic grind can be found in “Coins for the Ferryman”, which also blends dissonant sludge with post-metal tendencies. More monolithic sludge can be found in the nearly eight-minute “On the Day of Execution”, which slowly builds tension before releasing it in a climax of earth-shattering, obtuse doom.
Nequient‘s Wolves at the Door is a blistering debut that constructs a chaotic, yet meticulously crafted sonic environment. If listeners like their hardcore to leave them discombobulated and begging for more, they should look no further.
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Label: Nefarious Industries/Sassbologna Records
Favorite Tracks: “ROI”, “Cult of Ignorance”, “Cat’s Cradle” and “Kakistocracy”
For Fans Of: Graf Orlock, The Taste of Blood, Apiary, Converge and Coalesce