Monday, July 13, 2015

POWERWOLF: "Blessed & Possessed"

Rating: R+
Label: Napalm Records 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Wolfie has clearly lost his power? The howl is like a long and constant feeling of deja ´vu and there's not enough of bite? The songs basically remains the same and merely the titles has changed since last time around. The album doesn't have much or anything to offer in the way of originality. But what about hooks and sing-a-long moments? Well. The formula and arrangements follows a similar path known as memory lane and we've been down that road way too many times. They have managed to rub out all the power in the studio and replaced it with generic metal. Don't get me wrong. It's bombastic stuff with huge background harmonies and speedy guitars. It's just so been there, done that, and I guess you could compare this with AC/DC in the era of approx: 1982 to 1989 and again in 1992 to... whatever (The Razor's Edge is a great though). They record an awful lot of albums that sounded the same only worse than previous effort? Did they care? The real failure is of course the quality of the songs. Only a few of them have a spark in the dark and it's not enough Powerwolf to light up my day.

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