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Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable are about to finish their tour showcasing Wolf's Law, which turns out to be a pretty impressive second album.
Packed full of big basslines and strong melodies, Wolf's Law continues where the group's appropriately titled debut Big Road album set off in 2011.
In This Ladder Is Ours and Tendons, the album's opening salvo, the group have yet again nailed their own brand of building atmospheric alternative rock.
Heavy drum beats are another prominent feature of their offering but that never seems to overwhelm the beautiful vocals of lead singer Ritzy Bryan. Her voice and the group's talent as songwriters is also shown off in gentler tracks such as Silent Treatment.
But every lull only sets up another heart-pounding crescendo and Bryan's consistently high-energy performances are the backbone of the trio's huge stadium-rock sound that, at times, can dwarf that of the likes of Muse.