It’s about time to check out again some of the newer bands, that i’ve been into lately. Most of you who even remotely try to keep up with what’s happening in the world of hardcore currently, have probably heard the name of War Hound. If not about their music, you’ve been mentioned about this band, who’s ripping off Biohazard’s classic Urban Discipline -artwork. I’m not trying to go here to rant on about how most of the new, specially these “hardstyle” -styled bands want to sound like Biohazard and all, but still end up sounding like Trapped Under Ice, which is not certainly a bad thing either. But what i’m saying here, after TUI “got big” aroundSecrets Of The World LP, there started to spawn a lot bands, who tried to play music from same influences with them, but only to ended sounding exactly same. But enough of this, since War Hound, maybe even surprisingly, did pull off the hardstyle thing, very well. They not only went and started to play heavy hardcore, but they did it with right influences, right at the start, when you are digging bands like; Crown Of Thornz, Fury Of Five, Biohazard, Bulldoze, E-Town Concrete and want to play music like them, if you know what you’re doing, you can’t go wrong. War Hound has already been very productive and has released a demo last year, Demo 2010 and their first EP, Return Of The Hardstyle -tape. Since then they have inked a deal with I Scream Records on their upcoming full-length, so things are rolling very righteous for this young band.
Return Of The Hardstyle EP -features solid runthrough on who are War Hound and what makes them thick. With obvious love for Brooklyn legends, War Hound has titled the EP to honor them and hence the artwork is loaned off Urban Discipline, as mentioned earlier. You can hear a lot of heavier hardcore influences on the EP, Intro – Return Of The Hardstyle is as ‘haz as it can be, sirens, chaotic noise in the background, backed with groovy, HEAVY riffs and a hard gangshout welcoming ya’ll to the hardside.Reality Check, unveils their very hip-hop-esque vocal arrangements, nice use of backup vocs, in vein very true to their idols, while dropping chugging heavy riffs all the way down to end of song. If you haven’t listened that much of older metallic hardcore and old school shit like Dmize, Biohazard, (old) Life Of Agony, Merauder and such, you’ll probably just think War Hound really sounds only like Trapped Under Ice, but as they do know, they definitely were’nt the first band to play this style of heavy hardcore. The Path Of The Wicked, drops the next song with very similar riffing as early TUI songs(such as on the Demo), but has even couple similar vocal arrangements too, they’re definitely not ripping TUI off or anything, but i’ve listend TUI so much that i’ll just spot these kinda things, haha. Anyhow, The Path Of The Wicked is no doubt another solid mosh anthem, heavy yet groovy track, not the best on the EP, but very solid still. Despair is the last track on Return To The Hardstyle EP and features more of that nice heavy duty riffing, but displays also some semi-clean vocals, as for the perfect ending to the EP is towards the track’s end, with menacing breakdown that should crush some bones in the dancefloor. War Hound convienced me with this EP to get into them really hard and i have to say that the more i listen this stuff, the more i get into it.
For your pleasure, they have already pulled off couple tracks from their upcoming record on their Stereokiller -page and as listening those tracks, you can definitely hear a lot more real Biohazard -sound with some Fury Of Five -goodness and a lot less similarity to Trapped Under Ice -sound. So let both of these bands do their own thing, cause both of ’em are doing it well. I’m looking very much to hear more new War Hound, this band is hands down awesome and everyone should check ’em out and show them love. They have put up the Demo up for free download and i’ve linked the mediafire link straight here below, from their Stereokiller page. You can listen the whole ROTH EP on the other link below and still pick the tape too from Born Ill, check ’em out and get into it!
Oh yeah, if anyone who might read this, has War Hound – Sound And Fury 2011 Fury Of Five -ripoff t-shirt on Large or XLarge, sell it to me. Drop me a email or hit me up on Facebook. Thanks.