Wolfchant
Bloody Tales of Disgraced Lands


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
November 14th, 2008 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The second full-length release by the unfortunately over-shadowed band Wolfchant.

It seems today that people jump to wild and ridiculous conclusions and shove a knife to your throat if they think that you might have possibly hinted at something that may have been slightly insulting to something they believe in. One of the first things I encountered when listening to Wolfchant, was an obnoxious crowd of people proclaiming this band as anti-Christian and satanic. Being a very strong Christian (ironic, considering my musical tastes) I decided to delve deeper. It didn’t take long to realize that these people were idiots. After carefully reviewing the lyrics I noticed the following: the only song that has any sort of Christian reference is "Clan of the Cross." many people jumped to the conclusion that because of this song that they are anti-Christian, based on lines like "you are hated, you are feared." I decided to do some homework. This song is based around the point of view of a Slavic warrior during the time of the crusades who watches in horror as his people are murdered, raped because of their pagan beliefs. Picture this: barbarians bust down your door one day, murder your children, rape your wife, burn down your house and your supposed to love them? Hell no.

The only reason I went to all this trouble is because I was actually impressed by this band. They arent especially unique, but they blend several things into their music that appeals to me.

The Vocals of Wolfchant are one of my favorite parts of the band. Lohki's vocals change from song to song, unleashing a torrent of intense, ragged screams (similar to those of Oli Sykes) one minute and spitting out dense guttural growls the next. The one thing that makes him a standout is his capability to blend his vocal styles. He fuses the high pitched tones of his screams, with the darker sound of his growling to create a unique vocal style I call scrowling (because greaming sounds gay). This style is really brought to life in "I Am War." Also, at times Lohki's voice sound's very similar to that of Jeff Walker. Fortunately for us, the lyrics throughout this album are an unintelligible mess of noise, considering the lyrics are simply an hour long epic tale of revenge, booze and Odin. However after listening to the album many times more, I have grown to love the ridiculous lyrical themes.

The guitarists of Wolfchant arent exceptional musicians but they definitely have the folk theme down cold. Each of the songs features its own unique tune that sounds like it should have been played on a lute. I know this isn’t unique among Folk Metal bands, but considering I'm new to the genre it’s still refreshing to listen to after hours of increasingly formulaic death metal riffs. If you’re looking for gruesome and/or wickedly fast guitar tones, go somewhere else.

I consider the drumming to be exceptionally standard, considering I never noticed it. Although it may sound like a slight at Wolfchant's drummer Norgahd, it isn’t. There are only two times I will ever unwillingly notice a drummer: 1. if the drummer is very talented 2.fIf the drummer is being loud and obnoxious, (almost deliberately) destroying the beat of the song and completely screwing things up. Most often, its number 2 that gets my attention. I absolutely hate songs with clashing drums and guitars, which is probably why I like this band. There is zero clash between the two instruments throughout this album.

I enjoyed this album, despite the fact that it’s an hour long, and has several songs that are in or approaching the "way too long" area. It’s not amazing but its pretty damn good as far as folk metal goes.

Standout Tracks:
I Am War
Blood for Blood
Clankiller



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Zippermouth
November 14th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first review since The Faceless disaster! Give me feedback!

Zippermouth
November 14th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gah! wtf! why is there a giant gap at the top!


KTV
November 14th 2008


760 Comments


I love these guys, and I wish more people knew about them.

ManWomanBoogie
November 14th 2008


185 Comments


Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Tales_of_Disgraced_Lands"


get rid of this, it's fucking up the format.

Zippermouth
November 14th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got it. Thanks for your help.This Message Edited On 11.14.08

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2008


16437 Comments


"A Pagan Storm" is excellent, I'll check this out too.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Zippermouth
November 15th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, how do you think I found out about this band?
It was cuz of your review Crysis.

KTV
November 15th 2008


760 Comments


In conclusion, you may have noticed I stop mentioning the bass guitar. It’s because I don’t care anymore. Nobody respects the bass guitar, why should I have to?


Ridiculous statement.

ManWomanBoogie
November 15th 2008


185 Comments


In conclusion, you may have noticed I stop mentioning the bass guitar. It’s because I don’t care anymore. Nobody respects the bass guitar, why should I have to?


fuck you.

You get a neg for making such a retarded statement.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2008


16437 Comments


In conclusion, you may have noticed I stop mentioning the bass guitar. It’s because I don’t care anymore. Nobody respects the bass guitar, why should I have to?


I'm sorry but that is an extremely ridiculous statement. The bass guitar is an essential part of any metal album.

rasputin
November 15th 2008


14550 Comments



In conclusion, you may have noticed I stop mentioning the bass guitar. It’s because I don’t care anymore. Nobody respects the bass guitar, why should I have to?

I'm sorry but this is an extremely retarded, ridiculous statement. Metal bands still play bass duh.

Zippermouth
November 15th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I know, I'm sick of thousands of bands drowning out their bass players! I never once heard the bass on this album, it kinda made me mad.I probably wasnt clear enough when I made that statement, so I went back and edited it for all of you people. Do you see what I mean though? The bass is an essential part of... pretty much every genre of music in the world and everybody treats it like crap. Just once I'd like to hear a band really crank it up. One reason why I love spiritual beggars.

It sort of seems like all of you are copying KTV, just cuz he said it. Thats herd mentality for you.This Message Edited On 11.15.08

KTV
November 15th 2008


760 Comments


feels good man

ManWomanBoogie
November 15th 2008


185 Comments


I quoted that comment because I am a bassist and that sort of thing offends me.

KTV
November 15th 2008


760 Comments


Same.

Zippermouth
November 15th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sorry if it sounded offensive, but do you really have to neg me? My approval is already pretty low.

With that statement I was trying to take a stab at all the metalhead f*cktards that drown out their bass player. Having two guitarists in a band is bogus and it kills any chance that the bass gets heard.

KTV
November 15th 2008


760 Comments


Yeah, after rereading it, it was pretty good. I'll pos.

Zippermouth
November 15th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude... um... my approval just went up 50 percent. Are you God???

KTV
November 15th 2008


760 Comments


Yes.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2008


17920 Comments


it's ok man deep down these guys don't care about bass either



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