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Lonewolf: Raised On Metal
Lonewolf - Raised On Metal CD Album Review

Lonewolf: Raised On Metal

Heavy/Power Metal
3.0/5.0

As King Solomon said, There's nothing new under the sun. Or, what goes around comes around. Or, if it's not broken, don't try to fix it. Twenty five years going and France's Lonewolf returns with their ninth studio album, Raised On Metal. To say that the album is more of the same Lonewolf, just with different art work, is not to diminish the album, but to be truthful.

Lonewolf Band Photo

Lonewolf

There's not much to add to that. Simply, Lonewolf continues to bring "keep it true" heavy power metal. It's everything you would expect: aggressive, yet harmonious, twin guitar riffage, fiery solos, brisk pacing, and a steady thundering rhythm section. Guitarist and vocalist Jens Börner sings clean, but has something of a raw rasp to his voice. Unfortunately, however, his voice is slightly buried in the mix. And that's probably all the information you need. The songs don't need much explanation. There's ripping power metal with Dark World Order, Extinction Of The Stars, and the bristling Raised On Metal. For something slightly out of character, but not unusual for Lonewolf, there's some rising riffage at the start of Flight 19 that mimics orchestration. With the bonus track Swansong, Lonewolf stuffs the arrangement with a strong rock groove.

Essentially, Raised On Metal is simply more of the same heavy power metal from Lonewolf. If you like what they've done in the past, then you will like this album. Just don't set your expectations to high.



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The Bottom Line

Essentially, Raised On Metal is simply more of the same heavy power metal from Lonewolf. If you like what they've done in the past, then you will like this album. Just don't set your expectations to high.

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