Wolverine
Still


4.5
superb

Review

by rayraypine USER (2 Reviews)
March 14th, 2014 | 10 replies | 444 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, brooding and reflective with an intense edge, Wolverine has managed to create a masterpiece of modern progressive metal, in the truest sense of the genre label.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Progressive metal should always embody the word progress: to change, to develop, and to evolve. Sometimes this evolution can cause a rift amongst a bands main fan base--forcing them to choose between several incarnations and sounds the band has adopted throughout their existence. Other times, the band carries their fan base along with them as their progression is more natural and expected. Wolverine feels like they fall squarely in the latter category.

"Still" finds Wolverine moving into progressive rock territory but still managing to capture some of the aggression of their past two albums. To label the band prog-rock though would be as misleading as calling Dream Theater's "Awake" prog-rock. Wolverine's own background seems to work against them when it comes to labels as they come from a Progressive Metal background that featured some death growls--so anything not in that mold will sound much lighter to any fans ears.

The album has an eclectic feel, merging perfect genre influences together in an original form that only a band of Wolverine's caliber could manage. You can hear Dream Theater era "Awake" in a lot of the keyboard work (note the outro to "She Slowly Dies," or the keyboard intensity of "This Cold Heart of Mine"), Porcupine Tree harmonies ("Taste of Sand")… and Pink Floyd…all over the disc. The riff that kicks “A House of Plague” off is the best riff Opeth never wrote. The melancholic sense of despair is pure Anathema, though, with a sense of dark urgency they haven't been able to match since "Eternity."

The album is desperate and quiet with the Rhodes keyboard tones of "Nothing More” and aggressive and belligerent with its riffs in "Liar on the Mount," which overcomes the handicap of featuring the worst moment of the record, a vocal sample George W Bush. The pulsing electronic groove of "Sleepy Town" helps make the second half of the disc even stronger than the first--closing with the powerful "This Cold Heart of Mine" with its driving keyboard atmosphere, and the epic “And She Slowly Dies” which has one of the most powerful choruses written by a prog group in recent memory.

Stefan Zell is one of the most compelling vocalists in the business right now. His ability to draw emotion from each word he sings pulls the listener deeper into the song, going beyond great riffs and technical chops. Zell, compared to previous albums, sounds like he has just gotten better and better; "Still" being his unofficial coming out party into the world of top metal vocalists.

If you're into "Awake" era Dream Theater, mid era Anathema ("Eternity," "Alternative 4") and newer Porcupine Tree, this album is perfect for you. Dark, brooding and reflective with an intense edge, Wolverine has managed to create a masterpiece of modern progressive metal, in the truest sense of the genre label.


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2014



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album and the next one rubb me the wrong way, in contrast to Cold Light of Monday.

If only that G.W. Bush sample wasn't included in the album...

Gotta get back to both sometime.

Digging: The 3rd and the Mortal - Painting On Glass

rayraypine
March 14th 2014



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can understand that entirely. This was a big step for the band, sort of solidifying the direction they were going. Whether that step is forward or backward is up to the listener and what they wanted from it.

The Bush sample is awful.

I found their next album more of a sidestep. An expansion of this sound with a few tracks that were truly brilliant; “Communication Lost” and “Your Favourite War” being the cream of the crop. I’m hoping their next album moves in a slightly different direction.

thelastsignal
March 14th 2014



610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review, pos'd. This sounds really interesting; I love Dream Theater, but haven't delved too far into progressive metal. I will check this weekend.

rayraypine
March 14th 2014



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos!

You'll want to look at this more from the perspective of song writing on Awake then the instrumentation. The darkness and the atmosphere of the keyboards on that album are what this album really has... Wolverine doesn't delve into the instrumental hi-jinks of DT though.

If you do get a chance to sample them, please stop back and let me know what you thought!

thelastsignal
March 14th 2014



610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly, I have a higher chance of liking it if it isn't DT-esque in terms of technicality anyway; the atmosphere sounds really interesting so I will let you know what I think of it when I check it out.

thelastsignal
March 18th 2014



610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely good stuff, man. Good find!

Davil667
March 18th 2014



256 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this! Revealed an obviously great band to me. Great atmosphere... Just listening to this album for the first time. Will check out more by these guys for sure.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Be sure to check Cold Light of Monday.

Davil667
March 18th 2014



256 Comments


Yeah, really looking forward to discovering the discography as a whole.

rayraypine
March 21st 2014



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to hear you had a chance to check out the album! The further back you go, the more aggressive they are... and its not as much my cup of tea but, don't let that stop you! Their older material is well loved in the prog community



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