Wolf Eyes – “No Answer-Lower Floors” – [De Stijl Records]
Michigan noise rockers, Wolf Eyes, return with their newest record since 2009’s “Always Wrong”. With the departure of long time member Mike Connelly (Hair Police), the band explains this with, “It’s the dawn of a new Wolf Eyes era,” and I can agree. New comrade Jim Baljo (The Human Eyes) helps conjure six songs for this welcoming. This CD is sure to confirm that Wolf Eyes is still as creepy, as terrifing, and as brutal as always. The difference in this album is we have a more matured Wolf Eyes; instead of the stright to harsh, screaming noise attack that they are notorious for, they aproach with more of an industrial-dark synth edge. Added brain melting twinkles and tribal drumming mixed with Michael Gira’s (Swans) witch doctor style vocals. This truly is a new era for Wolf Eyes, but don’t worry; there are still plenty of drill noises, scratchy tape loops and chaotic chanting of the old Wolf Eyes sound that we all grew up with. Slap this on, crank it up and phaze the fuck out!