I'll go straight to point, just as the opening track "Kingslayer" does. Go get it, before you
regret every second that passes. English label Rise Above, famous about its doom metal/heavy rock profile, unleashed a weapon that nobody in the metal music industry had predicted. This CD is a pure delirium for all the die-hard fans of epic /doom metal (and not only), which will rejoice at the tunes of these war anthems. "Wolf's Return" is the last stage of a gradient transformation of a band that once was paying tribute to the origins of doom metal and heavy rock and now is a pure heavy metal holocaust.
It combines the majestic and victorious aura of Manowar ("Wolf's Return") and the doom metal somber testimony and pride of Candlemass ("Nine") into an outfit that, thanks to the outstanding performance of JB, bears its own mark. With an absolutely fantastic production and through magnificent orchestrations, Grand Magus illustrate blood covered tales of sheer darkness and barbaric excellence. Grand Magus have joined the ranks of Sorcerer, Doomsword, Doomshine and other, and they challenge them for the "pole position" in the battlefield. Look no further dear friends. This is doom, without being "traditional". This is heavy, without being "true". This is epic, without being "illustrious". "Wolf's Return" includes eleven tracks, many of which play the role of interludes between hymns of gigantic proportions, like "Blood Oath", "Repay In kind" and "Ashes". In one word: Magnificent.
Janne "JB" Christoffersson (vocals, guitar)
Fredrik "Trisse" Liefvendahl (drums)
04. Wolf's Return
05. Blood Oath
07. Repay in Kind
10. Light Hater
11. Wolf's Return Part II
This is doom-flavored straight heavy metal that sounds a lot like classic Danzig, only more "metal" and with a much deeper, heavier bottom end. Gorgeous sinister riffs, amazing vocals (and not the normal high pitched wailing of metal, but real singing), and quite good vocal melodies.
The whole thing is super, but the first half of this disc is really amazing, culminating in "Blood Oath", which is a summary of what makes this band so good. I don't know how to describe it. Smouldering, smoking, muscular, intimidating heavy metal grooves interwoven with sophisticated, wolfish, Nordic lyrics and vocals.
This really couldn't get much better. It's the same old sad story, great bands get overlooked while generic junk dominates the public attention...
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