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Just look at that album art. There was a time, not too long ago, when one would flip through a record store rack to find and buy an album solely on the strength of what was looking back at you. Sometimes you were rewarded, other times disappointed; it was just part and parcel of being a music fan. Wolftooth’s self-titled debut has all the makings of a record store impulse buy: artist Okan Bulbul’s eye-popping lycanthrope design is part Frank Frazetta, part Boris Vallejo, and part American Werewolf in London.

This time around, the customer has been duly rewarded. All the band members are veterans of the prolific Indiana stoner doom scene, which leads to Wolftooth quickly establishing a signature sound barely a year into their existence. Singer/guitarist Chris Sullivan has a familiar, confident voice, strongly recalling Blue Oyster Cult’s Eric Bloom. Just as impressive is the band’s dual guitar attack, in full effect on the song “Season of the Witch." Check out an exclusive stream below.

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Sullivan and second guitarist Jeff Cole trade off seamlessly, interspersing the verses with some true-blue classic rock leads that would make Angus Young smile. This leads to a “Children of the Grave” breakdown, giving Sullivan and Cole some more room to riff and solo it up. There is a strong sense of déjà vu with Wolftooth; they certainly revere the classic bands of yore, but possess the knowledge and skill to translate that love into a style that sets them apart from the current doom pack.

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