Show Me Wolves is obviously one of those acts, otherwise I wouldn't have been writing that whole first paragraph. The project was formed in the beginning of 2015 as a side project for Hörður Lúðvíksson, guitarist in hardcore/grindcore band Grit Teeth and member of several bands in the past. He lives in Iceland and has been an active member of the Icelandic underground for years. With this new project, he finally seems ready to make something that is completely his own, regardless of genre boundaries.
That being said, you can be sure that 'Between man, God And False Idols' is a thundering album with roots is black metal, death metal, grindcore, progressive metal and post-metal. The songs constantly shift between these genres and it's not even easy to grab where exactly these alternations occur. Opener 'The Lies Of His Sons' immediately shows a modern, cutting edge post-metal approach but suddenly turns into a bleak, crushing piece of blackened something.
The guitars seem to breathe an urge for progressive songwriting but the vocals scream anger, distress and brutality, borrowing from both sludge and black metal. This also continues in the fierce but melodic death metal song 'Amongst Us' which issues similar elements and sounds distinctly 'Show Me Wolves'. This guy is a genre on his own. With complex song structure, poured over with a thick layer of sheer brutality, he created something unique and frightening.
'Sea Of Trees' suddenly comes up with clean vocals, again over a complicated piece of guitar play. The result is an alienating combination of extreme music styles and a hard pill to swallow if you're not used to the blackest of the black. It does make the album highly varied, that's for sure. Within the course of eight songs the listener in being thrown in a punishing pool of sounds coming from every direction in the extreme Icelandic underground.
It's very difficult to compare this to other bands without having a metal encyclopedia by my side, so I'm not going to do that. I'm just going to invite you to listen to this intense album if you're into extreme music. After that I'm going to listen again and imagine this on stage. I'm not sure if Show Me Wolves ever plays live but I'm very curious about a performance.