'The Grey Wolves should need no introduction to the fans of the post-industrial scene! Dave Padbury and Trevor Ward have been releasing music since the early ’80s (originally formed in 1985) and still remain a driving force in UK noise and industrial (they have also been credited with the creation of death Industrial) sounds under their now all-too-familiar moniker.
Blood and Sand is a re-release of The Grey Wolves’ cassette from the ’90s on Italy’s most recognizable underground industrial label, Old Europa Cafe, but has now been remixed by the band without losing any of the harshness that we have come to expect from them. Two sprawling tracks consisting of “Desert Storm” and “Gulf Breeze” exist here, although if you enter expecting simple blasts of noise, you’ll quickly find that Blood and Sand is a far cry from those expectations. Extreme electronic noise mixes with the militant sounds of tanks rumbling into action and helicopters whirring in the background.
Blood and Sand becomes brooding to the point of dark ambience at certain points before snapping you back in with the roar of pure hatred that we have come to know The Grey Wolves for; creations constructed through such fervency! The sounds are varied enough in the album to appeal to even the most ardent power electronics fan, but, at the same time, you still get that primal industrial atmosphere that The Grey Wolves have always been able to so seamlessly create, so Blood and Sand comes off sounding as fresh and malevolent now with this 2013 reissue as it did when it was first released twenty-three years ago.
Interestingly enough, the band recently played a gig in Birmingham, UK, in which they announced whilst playing that it would be their last live set, so we shall see what the future holds as to whether they will perform once more or go on indefinite hiatus. They describe themselves as “A Manifestation of the Cultural Terrorism Network”, which sums Blood and Sand up beautifully as it was originally released as a statement about the Gulf War which was raging away at the time. The Grey Wolves play heavy industrial noise with a genuine punk attitude. They are irreverent and nasty but never lack self-irony.'