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I Hold the Wolf by Rest

Rest were the second band to join OOAL, featuring on the split Christmas single of 2003 with giveamanakick. Since then, they've released two albums and EP on OOAL.



Rest are an instrumental rock group from Cork, Ireland. The group's sound has evolved over the course of their existence to incorporate elements of progressive rock, tech-metal, post-rock, doom, black metal and math rock. The groups sound is characterised by intricate harmonised riffs, complex drum patterns, unconventional song structures, a heavy emphasis on dynamics and alternating time signatures.

After releasing one album (Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame) and an EP (Operation: Impending Doom) on Limerick independent record label Out On A Limb, the band has toured Ireland and the United Kingdom, sharing stages with the likes of Isis, Cult of Luna, Oxbow, Baroness, Torche, Zu, Red Sparowes and Explosions in the Sky.

The band return with a new LP, I Hold The Wolf, their first since 2004’s debut album Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame in February 2013. Comprising eight songs and 56 minutes of music, I Hold The Wolf has been six years in the making. The album, which will be available in both digital form as well as double heavyweight vinyl, was recorded at Data Studios, Kerry, mastered by James Plotkin, and will be released on the bands’ long-standing (and very patient) label Out On A Limb Records. Just as 2007’s Operation: Impending Doom EP represented a marked departure from the sound of their debut record, I Hold The Wolf again finds the band moving their sound forward in new directions. I Hold The Wolf is a mutant hybrid of intricate technical riffs, classic-rock influenced guitar harmonies, frenetic and propulsive drums, doomed out psych rock, uplifting Yes-style prog passages, analogue synth sounds, Sabbaths’ pummeling down-tuned grooves and Black Metals corrosive, relentless and hypnotic crescendos. Just don’t call it post-rock!







Split Christmas Single
giveamanakick/Rest - Split Christmas Single
  • OOAL1.5
  • CDR Single
  • 2003
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame
Rest - Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame
  • OOAL0003
  • CD Album
  • 2004
Operation: Impending Doom
Rest - Operation: Impending Doom
  • OOAL0007
  • CD Mini Album
  • 2007
Various Artists
Five Years Of Missed Deadlines
Various Artists - Five Years Of Missed Deadlines
  • n/a
  • 2008
I Hold The Wolf
Rest - I Hold The Wolf
  • OOAL0029
  • 2LP/ Digital
  • 2013


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