I hate having to repeat myself, especially when writing a review about a particular band and their latest album. Apparently, Powerwolf doesn't mind if they repeat themselves, every album, one after the other, time after time. Well. Damn. It only means that they're constant and consistent. Redundancy and repetitiveness have become Powerwolf's primary virtues.
Honestly, I can't say that there's anything new, novel, or different about Blessed & Possessed from the last album. It's like Preachers of the Night, only part two. The formula remains basically the same. Power metal and more power metal with speed, bombastic riffs and synths, big choral and harmonious vocal arrangements, and a good number of guitar leads, all wrapped up in groove and melody. Actually, the guitar leads continue to get a bump with each album. The lone positive improvement. Otherwise, I think Powerwolf merely has a heavy metal machine where they just punch out these songs like so many generic widgets. And they still sound like Sabaton, only without all the historical and military references in the lyrics. Instead the go with faux religious motif and clothing in their stage presence. Nevertheless, in the end, Powerwolf has found their sound, and their niche in the power metal market, even if it's been done elsewhere by others. If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed, and how could you be it's the same stuff, just a new year and different album name.
Honestly, I can't say that there's anything new, novel, or different about Blessed & Possessed from the last album. It's like Preachers of the Night, only part two.
In the early Eighties, one of the first American metal bands that caught my interest was New York's Riot, founded by guitarist Mark Reale (1955-2012). Albums like Narita and Fire Down Under were classics of ... [ Read More ]