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The German Metal Blade Records have signed a new metal act Powerwolf, which is rather intriguing outfit. 'Return in Bloodred' is their debut album, and it tells tales of werewolves and vampires, both of which are true passions of the vocalist Attila Dorn. This band definitely started to build its image already from the beginning - just look at the picture below this chapter. The most characteristic member of the band is the Romanian vocalist Attila Dorn, who actually has graduated in classical opera studies from the academy of Bucharest. At times (and rather surprisingly) Dorn sings with raw power reminiscent to Iron Savior's Piet Sielck.
The music on this album is a blend of various genres of metal... the classic metal influences of the 80's are recognisable, but there are occasionally even doom influences not to mention the obvious power metal. The songs are well-structured, and thus listening this album doesn't become frivolous. One of Powerwolf's strengths is the atmospheric approach to songwriting in addition to melodic guitar solos (there aren't any solos in the mindless shredding vein). That combined to the fact that there aren't any weak songs on this album ensures Powerwolf's place on the metal scene.
'Return in Bloodred' was recorded at the famous Studio Fredman with none other than widely known producer Fredrik Nordström (HammerFall, In Flames and Soilwork among countless others). The sounds are powerful yet atmospheric, thus providing a fitting sound image for the album. Unfortunately some guitar sections contain background distortion.
Powerwolf is a welcome addition to the world of metal, and at least I, for one, will hope to hear about them in the future. Although their debut album 'Return in Bloodred' isn't really spectacular, it does contain rather good and catchy metal songs with a touch of originality.
Release date: April 4th, 2005
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- MAGE (April 2nd, 2005)
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