WOLFS MOON - CURSE THE CULT OF CHAOS (Pure Steel Records/H'Art)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Wolfs Moon is a band that released their very first effort in 1996. Not at all a new band in other words and ever since five more albums found the light of day. Although Germany might be the ultimate country for Heavy Metal Wolfs Moon never really broke through. This quartet delivers once more a very good record and for this one they invited some guest musicians for vocals and guitars. I don’t know if the band really needs these guests because after even a half spin I am convinced. I really adore this kind of Dark Power Metal, seducing the boundaries of Thrash more than once. Besides that some Progressive arrangements are foreseen and so it isn’t that difficult to understand this band lies very close to US Power Metal. This isn't an album that gives you all of its secrets after one spin, so take your time and enjoy!
Iced Earth and Metal Church might have been sources of inspiration, but for a part Wolfs Moon also reminds me of Eldritch, the best Italian band in my opinion! But at some points even Grave Digger fans would like what they hear and that's on the other side a bit harder for me to get into. It does prove that Wolfs moon is a varied band, delivering very good Progressive Power Metal! Those razor sharp riffs are really fantastic and I adore the dark atmosphere in this release. This is the kind of album that will never bore a fan of Heavy Metal. I even dare to say Wolfs Moon easily belongs to the better German bands with a good eye to song writing. Melody, powerful compositions, emotional midparts, good vocals, awesome leads and a constant interesting wall of sound.
The guest vocalists really did a good job and make this album sound even more varied, from growls to clean strong voices. To be honest the high qualitative vocals aren't a constant line and that's a pity, it could have lifted this album up to an even higher level! In "Apocalyptomania" even German lyrics are foreseen and it gives just the right effect, awesome! Songs like the title track, "Young At Heart", "Omen Of Nightfall" and without any doubt "Chaly Skull-Wing" because of those mighty vocals are really worth checking them out and will give a good idea what Wolfs Moon is all about. Don't take the very last song as a example, really a bad song...
Wolfs Moon really did a good job with “Curse The Cult Of Chaos”. The biggest part of this newbie belongs to the kind of Metal you seldom hear nowadays. The darkness in it makes it sound even more American and that makes it more interesting for guys like me. This is, no doubt about it, a band that every fan of Heavy Metal, Power Metal and mid-tempo Thrash metal will like and therefore they receive a pretty high score. Check http://www.wolfsmoon.de.
My Points: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish