Laredo's Wolftekit raps and rocks
its own way
The overdone rap/rock music combination has obviously overstayed its
welcome in the music scene during the past five years.
Most people are so sick of hearing "another blend of rap and rock" that
a groan of disgust slips from their lips whenever a song of that sort is
However, a smile might just make its way over the faces of those same
listeners when they hear the band Wolftekit.
Garnering its roots from the Texican-style town of Laredo, Wolftekit
puts a new twist on the blending of rock and rap. Instead of mixing a typical
"rock" sound with rap vocals, Wolftekit combines death metal, hip-hop and
punk rock in a way that keeps usually bored listeners on their toes and
ready to jam.
The sextet is composed of vocalist Erik Gonzales, guitarists Arnold
Yzaguirre and Beto Gonzalez, bassist Marc Solis, drummer Larry Botello
and Luis "Kickback" Quiroz, the DJ who throws in the scratches, spins and
distorted sounds to the music.
Formed in 1999, Wolftekit quickly gained a fan base in its small town
by playing venues in and out of the area. After winning a recording contract
with a local studio from the Laredo Battle of the Bands, Wolftekit produced
Southcore, its first album.
Focusing mainly on the rap aspect of its home scene, Wolftekit had guest
appearances by local rappers on its album. The three genres most widely
recognized in its music are also noticeable in its wide range of musical
influences. From Pantera, Metallica and Nirvana to Dr. Dre, Eminem and
Tone-Loc to the Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat and the Misfits, it is more
than apparent that the guys of Wolftekit are well-rounded in their taste
Southcore's 10 tracks are energy driven. The album could do without
so much of the "rap thing" mixed with the "rock thing" (typically distorted
guitar riffs, screaming vocals and fast-paced drumming), but it has enough
diversity throughout the album to keep the listener into the music.
The music has an overshadowing, dark mood to it. Botello's swift feet
do some serious accelerated pounding on the double-bass drums. The screaming
is often comparable to that of Jonathan Davis of Korn, while the rapping
ranges from Dre's style to a more unique vocal characterized by a mellow
and low-key sound.
Of particular interest is the song "Four Oclock," with a slow and melodic
beginning filled with sound effects and an eerie guitar riff. It feels
like the listener is walking through a deserted, haunted house. Jumping
past the rapping and into the repeated part we will call, for lack of a
better word, the chorus — the screaming and drumming is quite comparable
to Fear Factory.
"Springfields Ditch" is more along the lines of a hardcore/ heavy metal
piece. The intensity level is at a new high for the album, and the guitar
and bass riffs make for a great headbang.
Wolftekit will be playing at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr., on March
30. For more information on the band, log on to www.wolftekit.com.