In this age of communication and comfort, when public relation it’s more important then content and conformity killed creativity, art is an act of suicide. So, you must be crazy if you’re starting a band, if you start painting or writing poetry these days.
On the other hand, returning to the music now, any genre it’s commercial while appealing to a particular audience interested in that genre. Definitively Black Metal have less fans then Pop music, still, Black Metal generally speaking have a serious, conservator – almost orthodox, fan base you can always count on. Playing Black Metal and targeting that fan base might be considered quite commercial, isn’t it?
Direwoves. The dire wolf (Canis dirus) is an extinct carnivorous mammal of the genus Canis related to the smaller extant gray wolf. It was most common in North America and South America from the Irvingtonian stage to the Rancholabrean stage of the Pleistocene epoch, living 1.80 Ma—10,000 years ago, persisting for approximately 1.79 million years. At a first fast search, only on MySpace are two bands, one Blues/Country/Folk band from East Van, British Columbia, Canada called The Dire Wolves , then another, more relevant, a Black Metal/Metal/Progressive band called similarly Direwolves from Brooklyn, New York, US. And googleing “Direwoves” you will find a few more bands across the world.
Once again, if somebody it’s not so inspired to came up with an original band name, what do I can expect from their music?
This Direwolves are hailing from Lorient (western France) and “Me From Myself, To Banish” it’s their debut EP and they merge modern Hardcore, Crust and Screamo in their pounding, raw, sometimes chaotic, but throughout intense and twisted Metal. Six brutal tracks, with some great tempo and mood changes, a couple of bone-cutter riffs and blood-freezing deadly screaming vocals throughout, Direwolves delivered a One of my favorites it’s “Reach This Hand”, quite Punk flavored, straight, efficient. The other one are actually two, the title track, “Me From Myself, To Banish” tied to the closing “Relief”, in the first they managed to deliver a quite catchy melody while the closing act have an excellent tensioned groove.
This is a raw and honest, not edge cutting, but well build-up and consistent debut effort.
Sometimes it’s sounds like an excellent rehearsal live recording, it’s the work of Amaury Sauvé mastered by Sylvain Biguet and with the brilliant art work of Fortifem.
Success it’s a bitch hard to get. But if you mean to, then everything it’s matter, each detail count. Must have an unique, striking and memorable band name, must be easy to find on the internet without any confusion and interferences, unfortunately, we’re living in a world and some days when content it’s quite secondary, music comes last, what it’s matter it’s the right PR and the perfect packaging.
In a world where art is not a necessity like food or utilities, while art is nothing, but caprice, the proper package is mandatory.
Direwolves have to work out some identity and media regarding issues, but this is definitively a good start.