An English rock band heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA), and Kadavar released a full-length album on French metal label Listenable Records Friday.
Formally known as The Bad Flowers, Wolf Jaw consists of Tom Leighton on lead vocals/guitar, Dale Tonks on bass and Karl Selickis on drums.
The trio released two EPs since 2014, “Vicious Lullabies” and “Killing Time,” under The Bad Flowers. They also released one full-length album under Wolf Jaw called “Starting Gun” in 2018.
Their latest album, “The Heart Won’t Listen,” is a heavier and more energetic approach to the band.
The album consists of 10 tracks, including hit singles like “Hear Me” and “I Lose My Mind.”
“Hear Me” is the opening track of the album. The band made a statement with this track by providing a bass line that is a leading force to the rhythm section of the song. The energetic and fast-paced instrumentals mixed with Leighton’s large vocal range sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Leighton’s vocal range is undeniably exquisite throughout the album, especially on “Ticking Time Bomb” and “Open Your Eyes.”
The guitar solo toward the end of “Ticking Time Bomb” sucks the listener into the emotional, brutal, and skillful notes Leighton plays on this track.
The brilliance of “Open Your Eyes” is in the structure of the track.
The slower acoustic sound in the first half of the track has a ‘Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven’ feel. It is not until the build-up to the second half of the song where the guitar riff, drums and bassline start to come in sounding eerily similar to the famous riff on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
Leighton’s vocal screams add a raspy element and modern touch to the song.
The relationship between each instrument on the album, including the vocals, illustrates magic to the ears.
It is one of those albums rock enthusiasts will want to play on repeat. Every track is a hit waiting to be played at larger venues.

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