Eclectic Introspection from the Canadian Wilderness
Vancouver’s We Hunt Buffalo just released their latest effort, “Living Ghosts” on Fuzzorama Records in September and this album is sure to please those with the most eclectic of ears. The band’s second full-length release is consistent with their other releases, with the spacious vibe of Canada’s open skies, remnants of the “Wild West” Yukon-era legends, and some good ‘ol BC bud.
How is the sound ?
We Hunt Buffalo explores the depths of their abilities, ranging in influences from all over the heavy metal map. “Living Ghosts” is an album We Hunt Buffalo should be proud of; their talent shows, both in their songwriting and playing abilities.” Well-constructed songs make dramatic transitions, pull the listener in, and display a great deal of complexity underneath the sound that is We Hunt Buffalo. This album has balls that don’t give a second thought to its mellower side.
The sound on “Living Ghosts” reminds me of why I got into heavy music in the first place. It’s not that I don’t love the lighter side of psychedelic music or the occasional post-punk band, but I’ve always thought that if you can tolerate heavy guitar riffs, loud drums, and a booming bass, you can also gain an appreciation for it all. Bands like We Hunt Buffalo make for dramatic listening experiences because of how many different elements they bring into their songs. You can almost tell that the guys from We Hunt Buffalo listen to classical music like Edvard Grieg alongside their Sabbath and King Crimson.
“The Barrens” is something else. It begins with this twangy, psychedelic-outlaw sound that reminded me of Jorodowski’s “El Topo“. It is deep, lonely, and introspective, bringing out the sheer weirdness of open nature. The song has a nice, pleasant flow despite the heavy guitars and loud drums.
“Walk Again” is by far my favorite track on the album. Something about it really pulls you in and swirls you into the sound, with steady, hypnotic grooves, vocals that fill your head and a melodic guitar line that lulls you into a groove and then hits you with a heavy, riffed-out chorus.
If you like the more eclectic side of heavy music and don’t mind a good bit of prog and mellow sounds underneath your riff, We Hunt Buffalo is for you. I have a new addition to my rotation and I recommend that you consider adding this to yours.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- We Hunt Buffalo blends heavy stoner riffs with prog rhythms, different vocals to deliver a great groove.
- Because usually heavy and mellow contradict each other; with We Hunt Buffalo, they don’t.
- These guys bleed talent – you can hear it everywhere, from the rhythm section to the solos.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- This album is great for introspection and deep thoughts (Sativa strains).
- This is nature music – good for woods, lakes, mountains…nature.
- This album is great to listen to alone.
Something Particular to Note
This album is on the Fuzzorama Records Bandcamp along with all of the label’s releases; hang out there and listen to some other stuff, you won’t be disappointed. Fuzzorama is one of the more powerful presences in this wave of metal – go support them and help them get huge!
Walk Again, Prairie Oyster, The Barrens
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Pyrior, Truckfighters, Between the Buried and Me, Coal Chamber
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