Two drop-tuned hardcore bands. Metal without being jock, brutal without being formulaic. With their rock’n’roll overtones, Like Wolves are the more straightforward of the two, while Oak & Bone throw in some double bass pedal thunder. Something that blows my mind about reviewing records even now, years into the digital age, is the sense of just how big the DIY punk world is. There’s a photo of the bands and a couple dozen of their friends, and the thanks lists are a litany of bands, showspaces, and punkhouses that I’ve never heard of. Sure, I don’t get out as much as I used to, but everyone in those bands and spaces mean the world to one another, and they flourish, completely under the radar. It’s inspiring.
–CT Terry (Barbarossa)