"What a Time to Be Alive" (Prosthetic Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

After a Lee Ving-like countdown of "One, two, three, four," Werewolves tear into "What a Time to Be Alive" with explosive guitars, raging speed, growling vocals and hammering drums. It's a crushing combo of death metal and grind and it'll burn the paint off your walls. The first words you hear are "I don't like you, fucking hate you, you disgust me" and goddamn if you don't believe every word of it. This band is pissed and they're sharing it with the world.

From the first track (entitled, strangely enough, "I Don't Like You) throughout the remaining running time of "What a Time to Be Alive," Werewolves don't take their foot off the fury pedal. It's a raging, relentless and ferocious album that never lets up. Remember when they were playing Metallica to piss off Noriega so that he'd come out of his palace? I'm not sure whether that worked or not but I guarantee you that he'd come running with a look of terror on his face if they played Werewolves instead.

Obviously not for everyone due to the intensity of the music herein but impressive for the purity of its acrimony, the fiery emotion of "What a Time to Be Alive" feels real and that's something you don't find in music often enough.

For more information, check out https://werewolvesdeathmetal.bandcamp.com/album/what-a-time-to-be-alive.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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