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Wolfsbane - 2012 Wolfsbane Save The World

ARTIST: Wolfsbane
ALBUM: Wolfsbane Save The World
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Blaze Bayley - vocals * Jase Edwards - guitar * Jeff Hateley - bass * Steve 'Danger' Ellett - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blue Sky * 02 Teacher * 03 Buy My Pain * 04 Starlight * 05 Smoke And The Red Light * 06 Illusion Of Love * 07 Live Before I Die * 08 Who Are You Now * 09 Everybody's Looking For Something Baby * 10 Child Of The Sun * 11 Did It For The Money



For albums falling under my radar this must be near the top of the list. I recall reading late last year that the reformed Tamworth rockers had recorded a new album, but I forgot about it totally until now, which shows its general lack of reception and publicity as a whole. It's been 18 years since the band's last album, 1994's self-titled effort, an eternity ago no doubt for Blaze Bayley in particular, having suffered through an ill-fated stint in Iron Maiden as well as his patchy solo career. Now back in the realms of Wolfsbane however Blaze sounds like his late 80's self, when the band was young, raw and energetic. It sounds nothing like the bands vintage years, but it still retains the spirit and enthusiasm of their 1989 debut.

The Songs
For the most part this is a good collection of energetic hard rock tracks with Bayley turning back the years and freeing himself of the image forced on him in Maiden, regaining the Wildman, rebel image he cultivated in the early days. The metallic approach of the past has been downgraded somewhat, but the penchant for melodic, accessible choruses certainly hasn't. They're everywhere, 'Blue Sky' a reminder the band has lost nothing over the course of time, especially with the made for radio hook. 'Smoke And Red Light' is the closest the band comes to the debut and Blaze spits out the vocals with a hint of his old menace. Hateley's guitar tone is a tad too jangly on occasion, maybe not as heavy as years past, but it would have been impossible to expect another 'Killing Machine' or 'Steel'. The tongue in cheek 'Did It For the Money' delivers some serious riffs, mind you it's more direct and heavier than anything in Iron Maiden's recent shoddy cannon of work. Just more evidence of how Blaze was misused by the band. Another highlight is the six minute 'Illusion Of Love' with its huge ballad based hook and overall AOR framework. This is an ambitious track structurally, but one that pays off impressively. Blaze shines again on 'Live Before I Die', unleashing a huge scream as if it's 1990 again and I appreciate the frantic 'Buy My Pain' with an impressive wall of noise created by the band. On the fun side is 'Teacher', with its lyrical banality and party rock atmosphere again a blast from the past.

In Summary
Despite the rather low key reception received by this album it's a superb comeback by Wolfsbane. The key ingredients that made them so loved are still there, even if they don't always sound like the band they once were. But clearly the whole band is revitalized and still enjoying playing alongside each other, which is the main thing. Here's hoping for more in the near future.

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