Powerwolf – Call Of The Wild

Call Of The Wild Album Cover Art

Powerwolf – Call Of The Wild
Napalm Records
Release Date: 16/07/2021
Running Time: 40:33
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

Traditional Melodic Heavy Metal – a genre that covers so much, and is always done in spectacular fashion by European metal bands. Today’s subject, German Trad Melodic/Power Metal impresarios Powerwolf, are indeed no exception to this. They’ve been serenading us with their powerful, meaty tunes for 15 years now, and have just released their latest album, “Call Of The Wild”.

The album title gives a clue to the theme behind this album – Mythical wild creatures. From the “Beast of Gévaudan” terrorising 18th Century France, to the wolflike demon, “Varcolac”, and the Irish “Faoladh”, this album is a true battle of the beasts.

Opening with ‘Faster Than The Flame’, proceedings power in to full flow. Huge orchestration and choral sections give way to thundering drums, heavy guitars, and the gritty vocals of Attila Dorn. And this blistering start continues through the next three tracks, at such a pace, and with such catchy melodies, that you’re almost inspired to pull on your bearskin rug and fashion a spear out of your favourite wooden spoon, ready to join the battle.

Then, just as you’ve got battle ready, a musical interlude is delivered, in the form of a stunning power ballad, ‘Alive Or Dead’. In this song, we see a new side to the vocals of Attila. Gentle, tender and soaring, they float along above the beautiful melody and harmony that this ballad creates. Like the eye of the storm, this serves as a moment of relative calm in the midst of the pace and fury.

But it doesn’t hang around long, and pretty soon we’re transported back to the pummelling freight train that creates Powerwolf’s hallmark sound, smashing through another batch of tunes with headbanging glory.

The thing with the Powerwolf sound is there’s nothing unexpected. It does exactly what it sets out to do – smashes you in the face with a wall of beautiful noise that gives your brain a good old workout! Musically, the talent of all the members of Powerwolf comes together to create a sound that’s tight and precise, making this a very polished album. There are some spectacular examples of individual musicianship throughout, too – the Synth solo on ‘Undress To Confess’ being one of my favourites.

This is a very powerful, and extremely well thought out album, and while it might not push boundaries, it doesn’t need to because it’s been created with a huge amount of passion and purpose. It you want a hefty dose of Trad Heavy Melodic Power to brighten up your day, this is it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Faster Than The Flame
02. Beast Of Gévaudan
03. Dancing With The Dead
04. Varcolac
05. Alive Or Undead
06. Blood For Blood (Faoladh)
07. Glaubenskraft
08. Call Of The Wild
09. Sermon Of Swords
10. Undress To Confess
11. Reverent Of Rats

LINE-UP:
Attila Dorn – Vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – Organ
Charles Greywolf – Guitar
Matthew Greywolf – Guitar
Roel van Helden – Drums

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Powerwolf Promo Pic ( Credit Matteo Vdiva Fabbiani for VD Pictures)
Photo by Matteo Vdiva Fabbiani for VD Pictures

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