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Wolfpakk - 2017 Wolves Reign



ARTIST: Wolfpakk
ALBUM: Wolves Reign
LABEL: AFM Records
SERIAL: AFM 623-2
YEAR: 2017

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LINEUP: Michael Sweeney - vocals * Michael Voss - vocals, guitars (# 2, 6, 8, 10), bass (# 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)

Guests: Biff Byford (Saxon), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Michael Vescera (ex- Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Harnell (TNT), Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia), Jioti Parcharidis (Victory), Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Claus Lessmann (Phantom V), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Andy Lickford (Lickford) - vocals * Timo Somers (Delain), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), George Lynch (ex-Dokken), Alen Brentini (A. Gabalier), Jen Majura (Evanescence), Chris Holmes (ex-W.A.S.P.) - guitars * Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Marc Lynn (Gotthard), Volker Krawczak (Axel Rudi Pell), Michael Muller (Herman Frank) - bass Alex Holzwarth (Avantasia), Gereon Homan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Falling * 02 Run All Night * 03 Blood Brothers * 04 Wolves Reign * 05 No Remorse * 06 Inside The Animal Mind * 07 Spirit Of The Hawk * 08 The 10 Commandments * 09 Mother Earth * 10 Tomorrowland * 11 I'm Onto You

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WEBLINKS: www.wolfpakk.net


Background
A surprise for me then. German/Swiss duo Wolfpakk have released album number four, and this is my first look at them. Comprising the duo of Michael Voss (Casanova, Demon Drive, Mad Max) and Swiss vocalist Mark Sweeney (Crystal Ball), these two guys have hauled in a major cache of top-flight musos to help them out on 'Wolves Reign'. I literally stumbled across their video 'Falling', and thought that was a pretty good clip, and decided to give the rest of it a proper listen. The guest list is included per track, Sweeney and Voss playing across all of them with contributions made where listed. The issue when you have a guest line up like this is writing songs that suit. Generally what happens is the result ends up being inconsistent and unabalanced. 'Wolves Reign' has some great moments and some near misses, so I guess it falls into that same trap. Is there a theme with the album? Is this the musical equivalent of a Lycan vs Vampire movie? Err no, I don't think so, but the album does tend to extend itself more than it should, and is an over-ambitious example of what is happening in the metal genre right now.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 14 2017 03:14:33
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