Thrash Hits verdict: When we heard late last year that Dopefight were calling it a day, we were super bummed out. They were one of our earlier Future Hits, and could dependably be found turning up on the bill of all manner of killer sludge and doom all-dayers that we’ve indulged in over the last few years. However, it wasn’t long before two of Dopefight resurfaced in War Wolf. Gone are the longer, extended blues jams and outright Sabbath worship, and in their place is a leaner, punkier, sub-3 minute approach to ever-so-crisp-at-the-crust doomy metal. With their debut album’s physical release on the horizon, we dropped the guys a line to talk about their transition from their former band into the beast that is War Wolf.
So what happened with Dopefight? As we said above in our pithy intro, we were super bummed out to hear the band was calling it a day.
Dopefight had just run its course, a little earlier then hoped but that’s life.
Was there ever a question of not starting a new band, or was War Wolf always inevitable after the end of Dopefight?
We had always planned on starting a new band at some point, but we had no idea that it’d be War Wolf. Oli [from Sea Bastard] got in touch two days before we actually split to ask if we wanted to jam some punk shit with him, we obviously said yes and we literally went into the studio that evening. The timing could not have been better.
How would you describe War Wolf’s differences to Dopefight?
War Wolf is coming from a very different place to Dopefight, lyrically, musically and in subject and delivery. We are a new band and we just want to go out and rage!
Where did the name come from?
It came from a documentary on medieval warfare, it’s the nickname given to the largest Trebuchet ever made. Apparently, the guardsmen on the castle walls would shout “the war wolves are coming” to alert everyone about the oncoming attack. We loved the idea/sound of that, so used it.
If you could pick just one of your songs to try to get the uninitiated into becoming fans, which would it be and why?
Probably ‘The Misanthrope’, as it displays almost every element of what this band is about.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Dystopia! That would be sick!
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Once we start playing shows we’ll have a better idea of where this’ll take us, we’ve had a very humble response so far, so with any luck we’ll be part of a few scenes. We will definitely be playing with many of our friends’ bands though for sure.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Because we play riffs that are heavy, catchy and concise. Brighton has a lack of angry/pissed off bands around at the moment and we feel like we’re filling the gap.
We’re pretty unfamiliar with Headless Guru – what’s the score with them? And how did you hook up with them?
Headless Guru is a brand new DIY record label based in Brighton; they are very open to any and every type of heavy music. They’ve got some great releases coming up, including ours on vinyl that should be out in March, so they’ll be ones to keep an eye on. Our record is also being released on cassette by Outsider Art Records in December this year.
Tell us a joke.
Three old ladies are sitting on a park bench when a flasher comes by and opens his trench coat right in front of them.
The first old lady has a stroke, the second old lady has a stroke, but the third old lady can’t reach that far.
War Wolf’s debut album, Riding With Demons, will be released on 10″ vinyl sometime in ebruary on Headless Guru Records, but you can download it right damn now on a pay-what-you-want basis via their official Bandcamp page. Don’t be a cheapskate – check these boys a few quid for their trouble, or at the very least make sure you pick up the vinyl version when it comes out.