Country: New Zealand
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
The Heresiarch juggernaut returns with another EP to sweep everything in its path. "Hammer of Intransigence" failed to impress me despite its compact nature, since I think that it suffered in terms of inspiration. In Wælwulf though, the New Zealanders indemnify us, managing to compose substantive tracks despite the short duration of the release.
The main differentiation in this EP lies on the accessibility to the listener. The pattern of the brutal and monotonous pounding is no longer followed, and instead the mid-tempo parts seem to have the leading role. In that way there is a gradual musical climax while the atmosphere gains some extra points. Regarding the performance of the band members, it is flawless without any downside. This time the song structure is more diverse, mainly because the guitars broaden their range of ideas and avoid creating a monotonous result. The military drums are still an integral part of the band, and when the rhythm slows down, they really sound like hammers of doom. Also the bass provides some awesome volume and is aptly highlighted by the production, resulting in a devastating warlike experience.
In this effort, Heresiarch expand their sound a bit and τthe experiment proves to be successful. After all, the musical aggression doesn't always go hand to hand with high bpm. The 2 EPs have given us a taste of their sound, so I believe that the next step should be a full-length album. After Wælwulf, I can safely say that my expectations suddenly rose very high.