London’s Counting Days don’t fit the standard definition of a “supergroup”. They’re not washed up musicians, not dragged up from the ashes of bands long passed their sell-by date, and not motivated by the need to boost a bank balance. Comprised of members and ex-members of TRC, Heights, Last Witness and more, some of which are still touring strong, their debut EP, The War of the Wolf, just spells out their desire to make pure, DIY Hardcore in no uncertain terms, and it doesn’t get any more refreshing than that.
‘Sands Of Time‘ kicks off the record, instantly erupting into a blend of all their earlier commitments yet combining to produce something fresh. Vocalist Thom Debaere fills the void left after the demise of Heights, while Charlie Wilson and Lasselle Lewis input TRC‘s signature solidity and rhythm. Debut single ‘This Life In Black‘ is as rough and unpolished as early While She Sleeps, while the title-track could make even the stubbornest crowds reach for the ceiling, and it’s all typically British in its gritty delivery and production.
The War of the Wolf is a genuine record, released by a group of lads who have the sole purpose of making music. There’s nothing particularly flashy about them, summed up by the note-for-note rendition of Slipknot‘s ‘(SIC)‘, but that is where their true charm lies. Unlike most supergroups, it’s almost certain these boys will make it past one EP and one paycheck.