Wolfchant
A Pagan Storm


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
November 4th, 2008 | 40 replies | 7,247 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Being pessimistic simply isn’t worth it, especially when it comes to music. With everything going on in the world today, with work, school, a tanking economy, whatever it is. It’s simply not worth it to stress yourself out, especially when it comes down to something like music. After all, isn’t music supposed to calm you down when you’ve had a ***ty day? So why is it worth it to bitch and moan about terrible music when there are so many good albums out there which simply make your day better, because it’s these albums which are the reason why we listen to music in the first place. So I’ve taken a personal stand to try and review albums which do nothing but make people happy to listen to music when they hear it. With that said, my first escapade into this new take on things is something which put me in a great mood from the moment I heard the amazing intro “Growing Storms” on last.fm a few weeks ago. It is an album which encompasses basically what I think makes an album worth listening to: epic, melodic leads, awesome vocals, rolling guitar riffs which force you to stand and headbang, and an overall atmosphere worth taking an hour out of your day to listen to and embrace.

Germany isn’t typically what you think of when your first hear what folk metal band Wolfchant plays. But alas, despite the epic atmosphere and lyrics about Nordic mythology and paganism, these guys hail from the fine nation of Germany, a nation which one doesn't quite expect so many quality bands to come from. However, Wolfchant is an exception to this, because their latest album A Pagan Storm is nearly exactly what it’s title suggests, a hail storm of melodic folk metal dealing heavily with the ideologies of paganism, whether it extends to mythology and heathenism or to full-on anti-Christianity. The album art is the first hint at this, with its cliché but always excellent artwork featuring a snow-laden mountainside in the dead of night, with a lone wolf straying behind as it’s pack runs back into the dark woods, underneath two ghostly apparitions engaged in combat. It sounds really dumb, and to some it probably is, but it represents the album as a whole so well it has to be mentioned in detail. Indeed, when the record starts spinning it is a full-on melodic folk onslaught until the last notes of “The Axe, The Sword, The Wind, And A Wolf” vanish.

The sound of A Pagan Storm is best described as epic melodic black metal, but fits well under folk metal. It may come as a surprise, though, when the harsh raspy vocals make their way in, as well as the numerous blast beats and gravity blasts from the drums. However, there is a very distinct folk atmosphere on this album, incorporating awesome chants and serene acoustic work (most notably in “Guardians Of The Forest”) which does justify its classification as a full-on folk metal work. These attributes are incorporated nearly flawlessly into a furious brand of melodic black metal which retains the undeniable heaviness and raw nature of black metal with downright awesome melodies which will, as mentioned earlier, put a pretty big smile on your face. It’s hard to pick out specific riffs during specific songs, since every single track has its own unique and inventive riff which drives the song. It’s everything I look for in this genre and more.

Despite its pretty apparent awesomeness, there are things which drag the album. While it wasn’t that big of a deal for me since I thoroughly enjoy this album every time I hear it, A Pagan Storm has the potential to bore some listeners, since every song revolves around the same style and formula. But this isn’t that big of a deal, since things change enough to entertain most listeners, such as the slower but equally amazing riff which opens the standout track “Starkend Trunk Aus Feindes Schadel” before things explode into what can be best described as a melodic black metal fan’s dream. Also, the bass isn’t as audible and prominent as I’d like, since I am a closet bass guitar lover, but that simply doesn’t pop into your head considering the sheer quality of the guitar leads, solos, and riffs. They blend together with the surprisingly refined drumming like nothing I’ve really heard before, and it simply works, and works perfectly.

A Pagan Storm is brilliant in its way of taking melodic riff-driven metal to a level unlike anything I’ve heard before. I have seriously never heard so many awesome riffs packed into one album, making A Pagan Storm sound complex and brilliant and immediately put me into a good mood every time I hear it. This is simply because it contains what I want in music and more, and delivers it with damn good songwriting and a clear production. It’s music to listen to when you’ve had an exhausting day and you’re just sick of the day-to-day BS of life in our modern world. It isn’t depressive music to embrace when you’re sad, that’s left to other, darker metal bands. Woflchant’s A Pagan Storm is music to listen to when you’re ready for something epic to put your mood back on track, and is something which helped me get through the day on numerous occasions in the few weeks I’ve had it.



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Pebster49
November 4th 2008



2991 Comments


wow cheesy band name, and album name, but good review from what I skimed through

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



16246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Take the cheesy-ness of the band and album name with a grain of salt, this is better than the titles suggest.

75th review as well.

jrowa001
November 4th 2008



8750 Comments


album cover is awesome and your review is excellent. ive taken a bit of a break from folk metal and such but ill be checking this out whenever i get a chance

foreverendeared
November 4th 2008



14678 Comments


Congratulations on 75. Awesome review

beans
November 4th 2008



2332 Comments


nice review!
glad to see you back man, i had seen this cover while searching around for some new tunes one day and i remember thinking the same thing about the name. a wee bit cheesy, but this sounds like quality stuff so i think i shall check this out.

BallsToTheWall
November 4th 2008



44164 Comments


Well honestly, first sentence, second second paragraph is kind of false. Germany is overrun with folk metal/viking metal/ and why/ celtic metal bands. Im talking about overrun. Nonetheless, good review. Myspace tracks sounded like Ensiferum or most notably Germany's Equlibrium.This Message Edited On 11.04.08

JumpTheF**kUp
November 4th 2008



2710 Comments


stand and headband


headbang*

Germany isn’t typically what you think of when your first hear what folk metal band Wolfchant plays. But alas, despite the epic atmosphere and lyrics about Nordic mythology and paganism, these guys hail from the fine nation of Germany, a country not especially known for quality folk metal.


second sentence and first sentence say pretty much the same thing and it sounds really awkward

also, stop saying folk metal, you mention it WAY too many times, once or twice is fine, but you used the words folk metal 6 times, we get the idea dude :/

i mean, you write good reviews, you just need to edit a little better i guessThis Message Edited On 11.04.08

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



16246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the criticism, always appreciated. This review was written at 1 AM so I sorta expected this. Editing now.

SylentEcho
November 4th 2008



1570 Comments


Good band. They just need to stop dressing up like dead people. Makes them look like 16 year olds.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



17920 Comments


the wolf is my power animal

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



16246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They just need to stop dressing up like dead people. Makes them look like 16 year olds.

Agreed, I've seen some band pictures and they are pretty bad.

KTV
November 4th 2008



760 Comments


finally someone else knows wolfchant!


i added them to the database with the other account i used, but i forgot the other accounts password. =/This Message Edited On 11.04.08

Saidir
November 4th 2008



77 Comments


Convinced me to get this.



AKA: Download via Napster.
Excellent review. Now for the push to 100 =O

Zippermouth
November 4th 2008



1305 Comments


the wolf is my power animal

isnt it everyone's these days?
I refuse to be a conformist! My power animal is the zombie.

btw, I dont really agree with you when you say this band has great vocals. They're pretty average, if not boring. Also, I usually think of germany when people say folk metal, because most folk metal bands are from germany or somewhere around there... but ok whatever you say mr. Crysis. Good review other than that.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



16246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno when I think of folk metal I think of places like Finland or Sweden, etc. but ya German folk metal is pretty popular.

Burn2Burn
November 4th 2008



2378 Comments


A PAAAGAAANNN STOOORRRRRMMMM!!!

m/ m/

AngelPhoenix
November 4th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really awesome job with the review Crysis. Been meaning to check this out for a while now, finally did thanks to your review, it's quite awesome. Epic melodic black metal is a perfect descriptor.

Wizard
November 4th 2008



19210 Comments


It’s simply not worth it to stress yourself out, especially when it comes down to something like music. After all, isn’t music supposed to calm you down when you’ve had a ***ty day? So why is it worth it to bitch and moan about terrible music when there are so many good albums out there which simply make your day better, because it’s these albums which are the reason why we listen to music in the first place.


The emotional emphasis you throw into your reviews convinces me everytime that this is going to be a good band hahaha.

Really good review too. Review feels really upbeat and confident. Adding to my list. Congrats on your 75th review as well .

On a side note, I know you don't like Enslaved but you should check out their newest album. Might change you mind about them.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



16246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your feedback is appreciated as usual everyone, thanks!

Ya I was just sick of being stressed out last night so I simply put this album on and began typing... it really does put you in a good mood for some reason. This band is worth your time if you like folk metal.

And about the Enslaved album, they have a copy at the store near me so I will probably pick it up.

Wizard
November 4th 2008



19210 Comments


Folk metal is starting to grow on me more and more. And yes, the new Enslaved is an epic win.



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