Building on the promise of their blistering 2010 debut, Myself < Letting Go, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES return with Find Your Worth, Come Home, an album that finds the North Carolina outfit reaching into darker, heavier and faster territory. Armed with a revitalized lineup and outlook, TSOW have offered up a sophomore effort that is a work of rediscovery, and that freshly stamps what the band is about, from the title on down.
In the past two years, the band has became a beacon within the hard rock and metalcore scene, despite – or perhaps because of – their unwillingness to become yet another facsimile spewing forth endless breakdowns and Auto-Tuned choruses. TO SPEAK OF WOLVES refused to do either, and fans loved them all the more for it. With their territory now staked out and their sound bolstered by the addition of the dominating vocal presence of new frontman Gage Speas, TSOW are ready to blow the doors wide open.
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Find Your Worth Come Home| Posted February 12, 2014
To Speak of Wolves' second studio album is the first with Gage Speas. This is an excellent hardcore/metal album recommended for fans of bands like Underoath, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Oh, Sleeper. Tracks like "Hivemind", "Stand Alone Complex", "Broken Birds", and "Voidmaker" are heavy and chaotic. The album balances these songs with tracks like "Oregon" and "A Simple Thought that Changed Everything". These are more straightforward rock with mostly clean (sung) vocals by Corey Doran and show some strong similarities to Underoath. The final cathartic track, "Rearview Memories" juxtaposes spoken and word and piano with the hardcore sound and screamed vocals. Lyrically it is about two of Gage's friends (Levi the Poet and Bree Macallister) dealing with the suicide of their father.
I really liked the lyrics on this album. Throughout Gage deals with some of the real life issues he was experiencing such as his parent's divorce and questioning his faith as well as positive themes such as finding your worth and being who you were born to be.