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Wolf – Devil Seed

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Last Updated on 01:36 AM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: Sweden
Label: Century Media
Year: 2014

I have read so many statements from so many artists all of these years in my life. From larger than life personas, mythical guitarists, divine voices that claimed so many, so different opinions, in a way too many issues, that really doesn’t matter if it was for important or not issues. But when it comes to Heavy Metal all I want to hear is the statement Wolf’s vocalist/guitarist Niklas Stålvind did when they asked him “what is Heavy Metal to you?”: “When we grew up in the ‘80s, we discovered classic bands like Saxon, Accept, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate,” says. “That’s heavy metal to me. We just want to play heavy metal and call it heavy metal. Meat and potatoes.” Exactly! “Meat and potatoes”. And Wolf is not just another band, it is not the average “true” metal band that is living in its own fake world and its members believe that they are the defenders of the faith. To be 100% precise, Wolf offered us the best Heavy Metal albums of the 00’s. Deal with it…

Three years since their last effort, the very good “Legions of Bastards” the Swedes return with another killer album. The over 2 minute instrumental intro got us from hello and showed us the intentions of the band. The album is heavy as fuck, sounding as Mercyful Fate or Priest and I don’t give a shit about the lack of originality because Wolf counterbalances it with extra “balls”… The production on the album is crystal clear and all band’s members perform perfectly. Once again the winning formula doesn’t change (there’s no reason after all), the high pitched, aggressive vocals, added with some (cheesy) horror movie/serial killer lyrics, all mixed with the strong point of the album -that is definitely the lead guitars, as in all Wolf’s past releases- and you have the desirable result. Without hiding their influences Wolf manage to create a solid record with catchy songs, based on sharp guitars, brilliant solos and some worthy memorable refrain.

Probably this would be the album of the year for Heavy Metal but I was expecting even more… Anyway maybe I’m too exacting … outstanding moments of the album “Shark Attack”, “I Am Pain”, “My Demon”, “Skeleton Woman” (nice rhythm changes and suitable acoustic guitar theme) and “Killing Floor”. Strictly….

4,5/6

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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