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Lonewolf: Cult of Steel
Lonewolf - Cult of Steel CD Album Review

Lonewolf: Cult of Steel

Heavy/Power/Speed Metal
3.5/5.0

There's much to be said for consistency. Begun in the early Nineties, and excepting a brief hiatus, France's Lonewolf has been playing traditional heavy/power metal, read 'true' metal, for better than twenty years. Actually, the band has been on a roll. Cult of Steel, is their third album in the same amount of years, and seventh overall.

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Lonewolf: as metal as it gets.

There's little explanation needed here. Four guys delivering melodic heavy metal with speed and gusto. Mostly the pace is racing, barreling like a Japanese bullet train. Drums thunder, bass rumbles. Alex Hilbert rips off some tasty, fiery, and relatively fast solos. Vocalist Jens Börner rasps his way above it all like a lone hungry wolf.

Sometimes the mix it up adding some spice like some acoustic guitar in the title track and Mysterium Fidei, or the organ/synth layer at the start of Funeral Pyre, which gives it a slight symphonic layer. But don't worry, these heavy metal boys aren't about to pussy out and add a keyboard player to the band. Nope. This is straight up 'true' metal done right. If you like everything else they've done, and Cult of Steel sounds like everything else they've done, you'll want to buy this album. By the way, the digipak has two bonus tracks including Children of the Unlight from the 1996 unreleased album, but also found on 2002's March Into The Arena.


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In Short

There's little explanation needed here. Four guys delivering melodic heavy metal with speed and gusto. This is straight up 'true' metal done right.

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