Winterwolf
Cycle of the Werewolf


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
February 29th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black Death Thrash Hard

In your face, bam boo ya, and boya bing! are amongst many adjectives used to describe "Cycle of the Werewolf". First of all, literal winter wolves are bad ass, but werewolfs, whether summer, winter, or fall, own all. Yes that rhymed, but Winterwolfe jives. In the most simplest of terms, this albums is all about the riffs and production. The sludge factor is slimy and sexual. The riffs are always pursuing evil tremolos and occasional catchy riffs like the ones found in "Lycanthropic Aeons"; I was not expecting a "South of Heaven" riffs to be thrown so perfectly amongst the heavy madness. I went straight from head banging to face smashing.

The drums are very solid and back up the riffs when they are being repeated, adding a bit of a loose end pick up that allows them to truly shine. There's a heavy amount of groove to be found on the cymbals and ride as well; I appreciated that these elements were placed lower in the mix so as not to punish your ears so bad, letting the bass, riffs, and vox to be in the forefront.

"nataS fo tsaeB", which is Beast of Satan backwards is a true anthem. When you hear Tommi Virranta growl "Beast of Satan" you can really feel the passion behind this bands beliefs, making the lyrics more presentable in an anthem type of way; as several track titles are chanted on various songs. The vocals really are an enjoyable factor here, almost always going with the beat of the presented riff but never becoming stagnant as grooves back them up ever so nicely.

The length of "Cycle of the Werewolf" is very appropiate and never over stays its welcome. I can't help but listening to this at least 3 times through on every attempt. Only ice cream is that inviting. To top things off, like the cherry on top, a Bolt Thrower cover is added as the conclusion track which fits soooo nicely in the stream of things.

With a solid blend of heavy elements and delicious song writing, "COTW" can really be considered as a modern classic which makes me wanna 5 this so bad but the troll police will call me out on it.



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seedofnothing
February 28th 2012


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, awesome band, looking foward to another release by these guys

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2012


19648 Comments


these guys have a couple members of Demilich if im not mistaken

Digging: Robert Hood - Wire To Wire

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2012


16771 Comments


good stuff right hur

Cells
February 28th 2012


1875 Comments


satan

DarkMann
February 28th 2012


69 Comments


fuck yeah wolves are fucking good fuck yeah so are werewolves fuck so good

Beachcoma
February 28th 2012


526 Comments


SATAN LIVES

DarkMann
February 28th 2012


69 Comments


if youre going to comment it better be about wolves

Cells
February 28th 2012


1875 Comments


i cant help but get a hard on everytime i see the album art

xfearbefore
February 28th 2012


1330 Comments


Downloading based on name of band and album alone.

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bloc
February 28th 2012


35433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard good things about this, will listen eventually.

TBliss2
March 8th 2012


508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this.

ShadowRemains
September 29th 2012


22315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dirty fucking shit

ffs
October 20th 2013


4984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the best album art

ffs
October 20th 2013


4984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i hear the guitar tone and can do naught but weep

Relinquished
December 13th 2013


28868 Comments


dank

ffs
December 13th 2013


4984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

noice



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