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Wolverine - 2001 The Window Purpose



ARTIST: Wolverine
ALBUM: The Window Purpose
LABEL: DVS Records/Earache Records
SERIAL: DVS005, MOSH 912 CD
YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marcus Losbjer - drums, death vocals * Stefan Zell - bass, clean vocals * Mikael Zell - guitar * Andreas 'Bagge' Baglien - keyboards, organ * Per Broddesson - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 End * 02 My Room * 03 His Cold Touch Part 1 (Within These Walls) * 04 His Cold Touch Part 2 (A Silent Outside) * 05 Leaving Yesterday * 06 Towards Loss * 07 The Storm Inside * 08 Coma * 09 Release * 10 Post Life

WEBLINKS: www.wolverine-overdose.com


Background
Wolverine hail from Sweden, and started life as a melodic death metal band as far back as 1995, and first gave the public an idea of their musical ability through the 4-track EP 'Fervent Dream' from 1998. By 2001 however, all that had changed, and with 'The Window Purpose' you hear a classy prog metal band, in the same scope as Fates Warning, Queensryche, Evergrey and Pain Of Salvation. Certainly the press reports for 'The Window Purpose' are positive and full of superlatives, and after listening to this I can see why. The theme of the album is deep, very deep. It tells the tale of a young man who has died and is asked to view and interpret a number of pictures from his recently departed life, that will assist him on the other side. The interesting aspect of this band is the use of two singers, however it is mainly Stefan Zell who provides the voice, with Marcus Losbjer adding the occasional Opeth like death vocal/grunt to add colour. Female vocals are provided too ( Jamina Jansson) as the young man's girlfriend in this tale of woe is also central to the story.


The Songs
A priest/minister presides over a funeral ceremony of our recently departed character on the opener ironically titled 'End'. We are zapped straight into the otherworldly surrounds of 'My Room (or should that be his room?), where the visual interpretation/lesson begins. The music a kaleidoscope of sound and imagery, where the contrast between lilting and meandering to full-on prog metal assault is apparent. The two-part epic 'His Cold Touch' re-experiences our main characters sexual sufferance at the hands of his father, the message of self-loathing and self-isolation coming through in the lyrical message where the father reminds his son through guilt.. 'you can never turn away from the hand that rocked the cradle'.. I've been there through all you have seen, you will be nothing without me..'. 'Leaving Yesterday' is a total melodic experience, whereby our character hopes to bury his past by building a new world with his lover. Jamina Jansson joins in as the female vocal counterpart to Zell. The couples words expressing their feelings.. 'Come with me and leave the rain behind, I will carry you.. sheltered by our love we'll leave yesterday..'. 'Toward Loss' is a heavier affair, which sees Zell and Losbjer alternating their vocal roles.. clean lines versus death growls. Our character finally succumbs to his painful reality by taking his own life, as played out on 'The Storm Inside', which again is transformed from mild passages to full-on prog-metal intensity reflecting the seriousness of the situation. The heart-monitor can be heard on 'Coma' as our character slips out of consciousness, and confronts the issues from his recently departed life that needs resolving before he can pass over. The musical brightness and clarity of 'Release' and 'Post Life' indicate that he has come to terms with the situation and has graduated into the spirit world safely. Indeed there is hope born out of despair as the Phoenix rises from the ashes.


In Summary
'The Window Purpose' was re-released in 2005, with three extra tracks and a different track listing. The production was handled by the Everon pairing of Christian Moos and Oliver Phillips. But really, it is an album that should be thoroughly investigated by the intrepid rock listener. This is a big-sounding CD, and is right up there with some of the best material to have been released from Sweden. Since then, the band have released two albums: 2003's ' Cold Light Of Monday' and the forthcoming 2006 episode called 'Still', which has a June 2006 release date. Investigate forthwith.


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