DEN OF WOLVES
Savage. Decisive. Adaptive. Den of Wolves may have more in common with their namesake than they have with modern metalcore. Brothers Tristen and Khalil England and longtime collaborator Savien Davis have been sharpening their sound together since 2013, and it’s never had more bite than now.
Their latest EP, KING;COLD, is the Charlotte, N.C., trio’s most experimental release yet. Khalil’s chill-inducing technical riffs. Tristen’s unmistakable hardcore vocal sensibility. And the get-moving gospel vitality of Davis’s percussion. Everything fans love is on full display, yet it’s just a fraction of what you’ll find on the EP.
“We don’t confine ourselves to one specific set of ideals or genre. We could be a ska band tomorrow, fuck it,” Khalil says with a grin.
Den of Wolves instead leaves you to connect with the music however you want. Lock in with every groove. Thrash to every fight riff. Give into the weighty, emotion-charged lyrics. Either way ends the same - KING;COLD will stay with you.
Since first starting work on the EP in 2019, Den of Wolves has dealt with a series of hard battles, including the passing of their manager and “fourth member,” Thomas Muhammad. The trio has dedicated the EP and their work going forward to their close friend.
During the pandemic, KING;COLD became an outlet for the trio to reflect on their loss together, something that’s revealed throughout the lyrics.
“The EP for me deals with depression, self-loathing and anxiety, as if the subject’s own mind is attacking them,” Tristen says. “Regret pops up repeatedly, and learning how to live with it, learning how to survive with these emotions that will never ever go away.”
With this EP, Den of Wolves delivers their most heart-rending, heavy-hitting collection of songs yet, one that every metalcore acolyte will want to sink their teeth into. Be ready for something new. Be ready for KING;COLD.
KING;COLD will be available this spring through Carved from Stone Records. Listen to the record wherever you stream music.
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