Northern Ireland’s heavy-hitters The Crawling are close to taking the wraps off their sophomore album, Wolves and the Hideous White. The trio exploded onto the Irish metal scene four years ago since when they have performed at some of Europe’s leading metal festivals, including Inferno, Bloodstock, Metal Days, Incineration Fest and Full Metal Mensa.
The band’s debut album Anatomy Of Loss was released via Grindscene Records in April 2017, as the Lisburn outfit unveiled a mesmerising mix of ferocious vocals within a finely chiselled backdrop of hypnotic melody and moments of spine-tingling melancholy.
The new album reflects upon the human desire to belong, the sacrifices made to be part of someone, disillusion from loss of self, and the final inability to escape.
Vocalist/guitarist Andy Clarke says: Wolves and the Hideous White is an evolution from the debut album, and transcended from misery into disgust. I have continued to explore human emotions, and as always, our music is inspired by what I see in the world that surrounds me.
We live in an age where people have become detached from each other, but the inherent craving to be with someone is overwhelming. As a species we are programmed to search for a mate, and the majority will sacrifice anything to get it; including themselves, he adds.
Wolves and the Hideous White features six brand new tracks from The Crawling, whose line-up is completed by Stuart Rainey on bass and Gary Beattie on drums.
This album came together quite quickly, and was created with extremely focused efforts, says Andy. The music, lyrics, and content reflects this with a more venomous edge than what came before.