Beta Wolf "Just Before Morning" EP — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 09:54:38
Beta Wolf are on the way to ruling the rock 'n' roll pack.
The Just Before Morning EP exhibits every facet of this enigmatic and engaging Los Angeles quintet. The title track glides along on a divine hook and breezy acoustic guitars as singer Grant Arnow tells a story of finding love at sunrise in the Big Apple. Meanwhile, "Domino" exudes the kind of pop rock exuberance that transcends the ages. Anchored by bassist Rocko McIver, Chester Lang's drums resound with stadium-size bombast as guitarists Devon Pangle and Sergio Ruelas trade infectious licks and incendiary leads.
Arnow opens up on the heavy, yet hypnotic "Los Angeles" as screeching guitars crash right into a propulsive verse. "Who's Holding On To You" stands out as a massive anthem bolstered by big distortion and an even bigger hook. Everything ends on a bruising note with the scathing "Last Man Standing". It's a personal declaration of independence and of Beta Wolf's arrival.
This Wolf has bite, and that's why you won't forget it anytime soon.
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