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White Wolf - 2007 Victim Of The Spotlight



ARTIST: White Wolf
ALBUM: Victim Of A Spotlight
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 155
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Don Wolf - vocals * Cam MacLeod - lead guitars, vocals * Martin Kronlund - guitars * Richard Quist - bass, keyboards * Imre Daun - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Victim Of The Spotlight * 02 The Wolf * 03 America (Hello Again) * 04 The Eyes Of The World * 05 One More Lie * 06 Hard Cold Stone * 07 Price Of One * 08 Dreams Are For Ever * 09 Nightmares * 10 Hold On (Gettin' Together) * 11 Don't Turn Away


Background
Every year Escape Music seem to come up with a gem of a yesteryear release. In previous episodes, we've seen the label do wonders with the likes of Sugarcreek, Surrender, Tantrum and Zon. Add Canadians White Wolf to the list. Not only has the label seen fit to re-release both their excellent 80's albums 'Standing Alone' and 'Endangered Species', but they've even encouraged Don Wolf (previously Don Wilk) and Cam MacLeod to deliver a new White Wolf album for 2007.. against all the odds! The new version of White Wolf is two parts Canadian and three parts Swedish, but both locations have an appreciable amount of snow that white wolves wouldn't appear to be out of place. And so it is with this band, keeping the tradition of eighties melodic hard rock/metal alive. Of the new boys, Kronlund, Quist and Daun were all together in Gypsy Rose, though Kronlund has also played with Dogface, while drummer Imre Daun has played with Kharma, Don Patrol and more recently Union Mac. If I was gonna make a musical comparison, then it would be Magnum on steroids,without any grandiose leanings.. just straight up the middle hard rock played with a hint of pomp.


The Songs
As if to rub salt into the wound, the band immediately set the scene with a very 80's sound on the lead-off title track. Twenty years wound back as it if were yesterday. 'The Wolf' has a distinct Magnum feel, the regimented structure the obvious giveaway, though Don Wolf is no Bob Catley, and vice-versa! There are two absolute supreme moments on this CD. The first is the ethereal 'America (Hello Again)', its beautiful guitar melodies a sound to behold. The other is 'Dreams Are For Ever', which is so Swedish in the vein of early Talisman, that Wolf and MacLeod should be swapping passports. The glorious keyboard parts by Richard Quist are some of the best I've heard all year. You get to hear what White Wolf are all about in 2007 all rolled up into one on the track 'The Eyes Of The World' - their best overall representation in one song. The moods change throughout the album. One minute we're brooding with 'One More Lie', the next we're strutting our stuff on 'Hard Cold Stone'. The band turn their hand to traditional hair metal with great success. Check out the pair of 'Don't Turn Away' and the brilliant 'Price Of One', a song which is just tucked away behind that aforementioned duo.


In Summary
So there you go. Both White Wolf releases on Escape Music should be contenders for your credit card (unfortunately.. lol!). For me, 'Victim Of The Spotlight' is one of the better albums for 2007. How a band can be missing in action for twenty years and step right up and deliver an album as if it's 1987, I'll be damned if I know.. However, what I do know, is that this album should grace your collection as soon as possible.


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#1 | Hardlover on March 19 2009 15:43:15
Some songs are similar to those of Demon but Saxon-like 'America' is an obvious winner. Outstanding release after so many years! 8,5/10
#2 | swazi on November 22 2011 22:54:22
In 2007 I saw these guys playing live at a concert in Ludwigsburg/Germany. Wow, what an awesome performance after hiding for 20 years! Really impressive show with a frontman, who could really capture the crowd.
#3 | rkbluez on January 27 2012 22:30:20
Agreed great comeback album...some bands still have it and some don't...White Wolf does...great sounding CD true to their sound...classic Canadian hard rock with power and melody.
 
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