For the fans of melodic, in-your-face, furious, speed infused power metal, Powerwolf are back with a new album, to be released today, the 19th of July via Napalm Records! From the first record in 2005, the band managed to create a unique style mostly due to the use of organ, Attila’s voice and an unique sound that constantly makes me think of church music gone to hell.
‘Preachers of the Night’ is the fifth material of the germans and if I can sum it up in one word that would be: overwhelming (in a good way of course). It all begins with ‘Amen & Attack’ which puts the pedal on the metal and the wolf begins to roar, making me almost headbang while sitting on my bed. ‘Secrets of the Sacristy’ is the follow-up reminding me of the old-school Stratovarius’ deadly mix of speed, melodicity and catchiness. Through and through, this album delivers even with a bit slower-paced tracks like (don’t imagine anything too soft though) ‘Sacred & Wild’ which, although it represents a small break from the massive headbanging session, it still brings sing-along hooks. The last track, ‘Last of the living dead’ represents a great ending, alternating at first between something that deeply reminds me of a solemn hymn and the faster, more melodic, catchy vibe. However, at around 4:30 it all breaks into an atmospheric piece where you can hear wolves howl, rain thunders and some church bells in the distance.
All their songs seem to go on the same recipe: loud, melodic, grandiose, with the organ sound in the background and Attila’s strong voice to raise everything up to ‘heaven’. But this can also be a drawback because although this album is catchy as hell, I would like to hear a track that breaks these rules, something completely different especially since they have already established their own unique genre. It makes me curious how experimenting with other different elements might sound like.
But, in all honesty, I cannot complain about this record: Powerwolf is famous for the massive anthems laced with a strong sing-along touch. ‘Preachers of the Night’ is bringing them with a bigger howl than ever!