Wolvhammer
Black Marketeers of World War III


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
September 15th, 2010 | 108 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Wolvhammer is a black metal band that was formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the year 2008. For people who are unfamiliar with this band (which I'm assuming most people are), Wolvhammer doesn't play your normal straight-up style of black metal. There's plenty of elements mixed in, the two most important ones being sludge and crust punk. When I say that this band mixes crust punk and black metal, don't think of newer Darkthrone because this is a million times better than that. Normally I don't go for the whole punk mixed with black metal kind of thing, but Wolvhammer does it extremely well here on their debut, Black Marketeers of World War III.

Instrumentally you will get plenty of different things thrown out at you. The two guitarists, simply named R.M. and A.S, play guitar riffs that are sometimes normal black metal styled riffs and at other times the slow, crushing and "dirty" sounding riffs that wouldn't sound out of place on a sludge album. Then there's sometimes you'll hear some chaotic sounding punk style riffs and vocals. There's also a few solos thrown out here and there, most notably on the fourth track, Das Kult. Nothing really over the top. Mostly simplistic stuff, but they make it sound interesting enough to keep you listening. The drummer is, again simply named, H.R. The drumming on this album isn't really all that technical or something that you'll be amazed by, but you have to take it for what it is. The drummer isn't looking to blow you away. He simply does his job keeping the pace during the slower, doomy parts and also with some more chaotic and faster drumming. For a debut album, Wolvhammer pulls all this off extremely well. There's not really any point in the album where they sound sloppy or anything, it's all very well put together and they're pretty talented.

As for the vocals, this guy is pretty damn talented. I bet you can guess that his name is just two initials too right? Yes. His name is M.L. He mostly displays three styles of vocals on this album. First, since this is a black metal album, you're going to hear a high-pitched shrieking style. Second, you'll hear a punk/hardcore shout. And last, but not least, you'll hear a lower, almost death metal sounding growl. There's not a whole lot of the death vocals though so if you're turned off by low growling, there's no need to worry. Personally I think this guy can scream with just about anyone in the genre. His black metal vocals are top notch and I'm sure most fans will agree with me. It's also nice to hear the hardcore shouts too if you need a break from the screaming. M.L. also handles the bass, but as with most black metal, it's not a huge factor.

Like I said earlier, I'm not usually a fan of black metal mixed with punk, but Wolvhammer have pretty much changed my mind on the subject. If by some chance you are a fan of albums like F.O.A.D. by Darkthrone or Gospels of the Sick by SCUM, then you'll most likely fall in love with this album because it's a much better attempt at mixing black metal and punk, and you can't forget the sludge/doom elements thrown in because they're an essential part of this album too. Also, this is only Wolvhammer's debut album, so if you like this, then you can expect bigger and better things to come in the future from this young band.



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Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been meaning to get this one out for a while. Album rules.

Ire
September 15th 2010


41804 Comments


lol

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gee thanks for the feedback.

TheSpirit
September 15th 2010


17931 Comments


Pretty good review buddy but perhaps you could put
in the musicians names when first introducing their performance instead of just saying the vocalist, the drummer etc... Still good stuff man, posd

BallsToTheWall
September 15th 2010


44669 Comments


YOU KNOCKED THIS ONE RIGHT OUT THE PARKS. TEDDY FUCKING WILLIAMS

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Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review buddy but perhaps you could put
in the musicians names when first introducing their performance instead of just saying the vocalist, the drummer etc... Still good stuff man, posd

Thanks a lot man. You're right, I'm going to add that in now.

jingledeath
September 15th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was going to check this out a while back but I forgot, will do so now.

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jingle this is definitely something that should be right up your alley.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2010


16440 Comments


wolvhammer sounds pretty krieg

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Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Crysis you would also love this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2010


16440 Comments


I'll definitely check it out then.

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would compare this band to a more punk sounding version of Forgotten Tomb, if that helps at all.

vanderb0b
September 15th 2010


3473 Comments


Good review. Might check this out, thought I'm not a huge fan of the style.

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eh well you could still give it a listen. It wouldn't hurt.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 15th 2010


5804 Comments


Youtubin a song now, and this seems like a sound that's relatively new to me. Still, I'll keep listening to see if I like it. Thanks for the rec, Hawks!

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No problem man. I'm always down to help. I know you love the more symphonic and progressive black metal so I figured you might like something like this too.

vanderb0b
September 15th 2010


3473 Comments


Yeah, I'll listen to this, as I tend to agree with you on black metal.

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You'll like this too Vanderbob. This is some great stuff. Might bump this up to a 4.5.

vanderb0b
September 15th 2010


3473 Comments


About half of the way through the first song, this is really great so far. If the rest is this good, it will be an easy 4.

Hawks
September 15th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It gets better. Album fucking slays as a whole.



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