WOLFEN - EVILUTION (Pure Legend Records)

 

Wolfen hails from the Cologne area in Germany and released their newest album a few days ago. Being unfamiliar to me, I was attracted by the logo of the band and the description of Power/Thrash metal. That’s always a nice approach as I consider myself as a connoisseur of the genre, albeit a fan in first place. It all started around 2006 and with the (obliged) lineup changes, mainly limited to other bass players and drummers, the band recorded already their fifth album!  ‘Evilution’ is the name of that release and is the successor of “Chapter IV”, which was released in 2012.  

From the first track ‘Sea Of Sorrows’, till ‘All That Remains Is Nothing’, we get a trip of 56 minutes that brings us Power Metal with melodic Thrash Metal influences, all executed perfectly up to date and with enough aggression. I was totally impressed about the vocals of Andreas Von Lipinski, who also plays the bass in the band, as his voice is a real discovery! He’s going hard and heavy when the songs requires, he’s sensitive at appropriate times and he’s able to bring the lyrics with a clean voice to accentuate certain phrases. This is a perfect example of how a real metal singer should sound!  Congratulations to Wolfen as Andreas is the one that ensures that they can play in a higher division!

Kindness requires that all other members of the band bring their two cents. The lineup of Wolfen consists of dedicated and passionate musicians that bring their metal with full force, and might be considered as one of the best newcomers from Germany in many years. It’s a shame that I didn’t know this band any earlier, so I guess that there is still a lot of work to do and get hold on the first 4 albums to complete my collection!

My rating:  89 / 100

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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