To The Rats And Wolves – Cheap Love

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/Label: Arising Empire / Nuclear Blast Records
Released: 2019
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Band Line-Up:

Dixi Wu – vocals
Nico Sallach – vocals
Danny Güldener – guitars
Marc Dobruk – guitars
Stanislaw Czywil – bass
Simon Yildirim – drums


1. Cheap Love
2. Therapy
3. All The Things
4. Never Stop
5. Friendz
6. Look What You Made Us Do
7. True (feat. Trevor Wentworth)
8. Cure
9. Famous
10. B.I.C.
11. Down


With their eye-catching outfits, two singers and a trademark heavy sound to help them gain momentum, To The Rats and Wolves have returned with ‘Cheap Love’. One EP and two albums in, they claim to be back with ‘their energetic mix of electronic energy and modern, contemporary heaviness’. Taking 18 months to write, record and produce ‘Cheap Love’ signifies an evolution since 2016’s ‘Dethroned’.

“The album is about the daily struggle, really”, declares guitarist Danny. “It’s about love and heartache as well as about depression…the main goal for this album was to not write something people have heard over and over again already.”

The title track, ‘Cheap Love’, brings upbeat beginnings to the album. Some screeching does take you out of the immersion, however, the beat works nicely to yo-yo you in and out. I adore the singing in the vocals with some hot bends during the chorus, the combination of vocals also work cohesively. The kooky electronic vibes are also to die for.

‘Therapy’ has some super silky smooth singing. So catchy. A gory turn also keeps you well on your toes throughout, making it work as a brilliant contrasting tool.

By the time I started listening to ‘All The Things’, I slowed down writing my notes because I was too busy actually enjoying the track (a pretty rare occurrence when I’m reviewing). The beat really did have me tapping.

‘Never Stop’ is a heavier track, mixing things up early in the album but honestly, I was living for it. Instead of a loss for ideas, it felt more like a breath of fresh air.

‘Friendz’, like the previous track, really brings the full force of heaviness. With controlled vocals close to the ground along with some very flattering effects, I’m still struggling to find things to complain about. Chord choice could be seen as a bit generic maybe but the natural feeling of progression makes it too satisfying to be fussing over.

‘Look What You Made Us Do’ wins brownie points for the title as it is. Cheesier vibes are included but for the sake of irony, who cares? Chord satisfaction again is included until the gripping little minor to bring you into the next verse; it’s unexpected but oh so good.

‘True’ makes me question on the naturalness of the vocals. Are they really that smooth alone? It doesn’t bother me, I just want them to let me know.

The use of screams in ‘Cure’ does perfectly break down any form of wholesomeness you may feel towards the song, and I love that.

‘Famous’s little melody, to begin with, is pretty catchy, the nice accompaniment with electric literally had me saying “oooh.”

‘B.I.C.’ starts with a scream and a siren? To The Rats And Wolves know how to really keep a listener on their toes. Regardless, the beat pulls me in with the break down on the guitar. The clapping included in the song isn’t particularly to my taste though.

‘Down’ gave me some weird ‘Wrecking Ball’ vibes at first. Maybe a bit too cheesy for me but I personally agree with the placement of the track being at the very end of the album. By the time the chorus and breakdown arrived, I was pretty much won over.

Anything that at first seems unlikely to redeem itself as a musical quality in the album managed to win back my utmost affection by the time the tracks are over, making me constantly want to skip back before I got distracted by the next.


Review By:

Megan Duce