9/10 Richard Customer review, 2nd September 2015
Chronicles of Gnarnia is a collection of all three Gnarwolves releases from 2011's "Party Jams" up to 2013's "CRU" and "Funemployed". It's a great way for anyone late to join the Gnarwolves CRU to catch up with everything in one convenient 12" record.
The Brighton based punks took over the scene fairly swiftly after the release of their debut EP in 2011. With its blisteringly fast paced and up beat bangers like the titular "Party Jams" and the more emotional but still heavy "Decay" and "Reaper", Gnarwolves laid down the gauntlet and injected a breath of fresh air in the UK punk scene. I know some people don't like the production on this record as it's quite rough around the edges, but it doesn't need to be polished and perfect. It's punk rock for crying out loud! I really don't think it takes anything away from the record. It still leaves you hungry for more!
Luckily for you that's where "CRU" comes in! Released a couple of years later after what seemed like constant touring, the Wolves' second effort hit our ears and hit them hard. Not only did it improve on the sound that the band had established before, it added even more diversity. We were introduced to a softer side of the band, albeit very briefly, in "Community, Stability, Identity" which starts slowly and gently before building into a crescendo of beautiful noise. Sometimes throwing a slow jam into the mix can be a mood killer but for Gnarwolves it works perfectly, a moment to collect your brains off of the floor after being blown out by the previous two tracks. But it isn't the only instance on the record where you'll find a pleasantly mellow period. "Coffee" does the opposite by charging through you like a chugging train of teenage angst before winding down to round off the record with melancholy.
Later that same year we were thrust back into life with "Funemployed". Once again proving Gnarwolves never do the same thing twice, the opening track "Melody Has Big Plans" smashes every preconception you may have had to pieces. Featuring the heaviest riffs the band had written to date it completely blows you away in the 3 minutes that it's in your ears. Next up we're treated to "Tongue Surfer" which despite being one of the bands shortest numbers is probably the most sonically diverse. Going from heavier than your local Metalcore band, to calming clean guitars and ending up on the Weezer side of punk rock all in the space of a minute and forty seconds. Without compromising their original sound they yet again managed to leap forwards without ever stepping back.
So if you're new to Gnarwolves or simply never picked up any of the EPs individually this is the absolute best way to catch up. It's 30 minutes of diverse and incredibly enjoyable punk rock. What more could you possibly need in your life?
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