Wolf
Wolf


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
June 30th, 2013 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best album art ever. Oh, and a sweet record as well.

Wolf is a Heavy Metal band hailing from Sweden. Normally, I couldn’t care less about a Heavy Metal revival band, but the unique art of their eponymous debut album grabbed my attention. Fortunately, after listening to it a couple of times, it turned out to be a decent record. Even though I was expecting something entirely different, In the Shadow of Steel was a delightful surprise. My personal favourite track and only 100 seconds in length, the song revolves around the same riff throughout. The song is probably the most powerful and "raw" of the entire album; it thrashes hard and true.
The rest of the songs in the album aren’t very similar to the opening track, but they are great in a different way. Moonlight, for example, is melodic and slow, with an incredibly catchy chorus. Other pieces, like The Sentinel and Desert Caravan, are more epic-like, with many different riffs and relatively unique and interesting structure.
The album isn’t all-perfect though. The last two tracks, the instrumental 243 and the 7-minute long In the Eyes of the Sun, bring the album down quite a bit. While they aren’t too bad overall, the huge similarity to some Iron Maiden songs is too obvious to ignore. 243 sounds way too much like Losfer Words from Powerslave, and the epic closing track rips off ideas from many Iron Maiden songs, notably Powerslave's title track. In fact, the song's intro, outro and middle section sound exactly like parts of Powerslave and The Duelists. It is beyond me how the band didn’t notice the similarities themselves and decided to throw out the tracks, but harsh criticism aside, the songs do have enough originality to be enjoyable, and they aren’t awful enough to destroy the entire album.

One of the things I liked most about Wolf's first album was the production. Despite the fact that the record is fairly new, the production is raw enough to give the album a certain mood and atmosphere. It isn’t as good as the production on classic albums of the genre, but it is most definitely one of the greatest modern productions. The vocals are also an obvious quality of the album. The vocalists and guitarists Niklas Olsson is an amazing one; his vocals sound very great and they fit the album perfectly.

Wolf is one of the best debuts of the last centuries. It is not anything particularly new or innovative, but it pays homage to the 80's NWOBHM acts, and adds something of its own. While some parts of it aren’t original, the album makes up for it with amazing songs like the opening track. I would recommend for anyone who enjoys classic heavy metal.

Wolf was released in April, 2000. The record label is No Fashion Records and it is 39:49 minutes long.

Recommended Tracks:
- In The Shadow Of Steel
- The Parasite
- Moonlight

Personnel:
Niklas Olsson - Vocals, Guitars
Mikael Goding - Bass
Daniel Bergkvist - Drums

Production:
Producer - Wolf
Hans Arnold - Cover art



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ViperAces
June 30th 2013


12430 Comments

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so this is pretty good

KILL
June 30th 2013


71795 Comments


that one song you played was sweet will check

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ViperAces
June 30th 2013


12430 Comments

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thanks bro, hopefully youll dig

Surtur
June 30th 2013


520 Comments


Nice review. Only heard The Black Flame after seeing them live, and that was pretty awesome. Will check this out.

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manosg
June 30th 2013


6095 Comments


Cool review Viper. I remember seeing that cover somewhere and wondered how the album sounded like. Damn, that wolf is pretty weird. Have a pos dude.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013


20676 Comments


The album cover for Ravenous looks really familiar. I think I may have heard that album a long time ago. Definitely haven't heard this one though, I'll check it out.

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2013


6111 Comments


album art was showing up everywhere when the tyler album was being released/leaked/etc

glad tos ee it got reviewed

ViperAces
June 30th 2013


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks dudes.
jamie, i like this better than any of their newer albums, cant bring myself to really like them.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013


16023 Comments


I remember not liking your reviews much when I was on here last year (sorry, being honest here) but you've really got better, some small grammar mistakes but it reads really well



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SteelErectedb4you8er
June 30th 2013


2616 Comments


These guys have hilarious artwork, but their music and discography is kickass!

Ire
June 30th 2013


41780 Comments


beast album

demigod!
June 30th 2013


44445 Comments


awesome art, might check this out

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RunOfTheMill
June 30th 2013


1465 Comments


that one song you played was sweet will check [2]

ViperAces
July 1st 2013


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks menawati! i actually didnt think this was too good, but i wanted this album to have a thread. i
actually think you might dig this seing you love nwobhm so much
you guys should check, this is awesome.
runofthemill, i actually dont remember you being there. what name did you have?

ViperAces
July 1st 2013


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

-_-

RunOfTheMill
July 1st 2013


1465 Comments


lol I was shoupiao

RunOfTheMill
July 1st 2013


1465 Comments


also, cool review dude. Some grammar and sentence structure mistakes, but I got a good impression of how the album sounds.

ViperAces
July 1st 2013


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

what was that name? thanks btw

RunOfTheMill
July 1st 2013


1465 Comments


Shoupiao yuan? It means ticket vendor in Chinese lol

ViperAces
July 1st 2013


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

are you chinese?



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