Start digging your bomb shelters: Australian death metal trio WEREWOLVES have today announced their return with a third full-length album, From the Cave to the Grave, due for release via Prosthetic Records on June 24. Alongside the album announcement the band have shared a new track and accompanying lyric video for the apoplectic lead single, We Are Better Than You.
Bassist/vocalist Sam Bean (The Antichrist Imperium, The Berzerker) comments: “This shit again. Seriously. I should be pouring concrete into a lower chamber underneath my shed and stockpiling waterproof boxes of grains, but here I am promoting one of our fucking brutal albums. The day one of us has a heart attack or gets hit by a truck, everything will go back to normal, I guarantee. But in the meantime, buy our shit. We are better than you.“
Drummer Dave Haley (Psycroptic, Abramelin, Ruins, King, Blood Duster) and guitarist Matt Wilcock (The Antichrist Imperium, The Berzerker, Abramelin) add: “This album sounds like the last album, but better.”
WEREWOLVES’ debut The Dead Are Screaming was recorded in 2019 and followed by Australia going from medium to well-done in apocalyptic bushfires. The second release What A Time to Be Alive was recorded in 2020 and closely preceded a global pandemic then mass hysteria. WEREWOLVES attempted some caution and tact by only releasing a limited vinyl EP, DeathMetal, in February 2022 and happened to put it out for sale the same day war came to Europe.
From The Cave to The Grave keeps up the searing pace of the first two WEREWOLVES albums, with a mix of black and death metal and unprecedented aggression that is coalescing into a style of its own. Opener Self-Help Book Burning kicks the door in Hate Eternal-style before deforming into a blackened ending. It’s followed by stadium crowd-pleaser We Are Better Than You, blaster All the Better to Eat You With, and social credit score-destroyer Crushing Heaven’s Mandate. Harvest of the Skulls is an ode to the horror of genocide and the rest of the album blasts through to closing threat Watch Your Mouth, leaving you to enjoy your ringing ears and mild trauma.
The mixing is by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and the artwork is by Mitchell Nolte. Slayer never changed their shit up, neither will WEREWOLVES. “Change” can be mistaken for “progression”, which WEREWOLVES
shrinks in horror from.