Winterwolf – Lycanthropic Metal of Death

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label [URL]: https://www.svartrecords.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.svartrecords.com/product/lycanthropic-metal-of-death-2/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/winterwolfofficial/

Band line-up:

Corpse
M÷rbidus
Abomanitor
Abductor

Tracklisting:

1. The Crypt of the Werewolves
2. At Dawn They Eat
3. Brujo
4. Devouring Entities Devour
5. Wolf Finder General
6. Kadathian Doom
7. Thisishispit
8. I Am The Beasts Of Death
9. Primal Life Code

Review:

Winterwolf are an old school death metal band from Finland, inspired by the sounds of the late 80s and early 90s. Technically, they were formed in 1997, but at first they didn’t get past the demo stages. However, a new cycle began in 2009, where they released their debut album named ‘Cycle of the Werewolf’. They will be releasing their 2nd full length record ‘Lycanthropic Metal of Death’ on 14th June through Svart Records. They perform with an underground DIY spirit and have a punkish fervour for catchy metal riffs.

Many of the riffs of this album are in a Slayer/Metallica style you could say, just downtuned a bit. To be more specific, on rare occasions you may be vaguely reminded of ‘Master of Puppets’. In that respect, WW kind of have a more thrashy vibe at times and the guitar tones whilst certainly filthy are a tiny bit mild when compared to more brutal acts. Other than that, everything on offer is quite straightforward and expected, really. It’s just your average, screamy, heavily (to put it mildly) riff based music, with only rare guitar melodies and non-existent vocal tunes. However, syncopation, complex rhythms and contrasting doom tempos do spice things up from time to time.

As the drums are more than blitzing double bass lines from start to finish, they have a little more depth to them than many extreme groups. They also have more power when they play the more cliched beats just described as the listener is more surprised by the chaos. The drum kit has quite a rich and full sound to it, only making the atmopshere more thunderous. The drummer isn’t exactly a DM God, but he is perfectly competent. 

In conclusion, whilst this album has very minor quirks perhaps, at the end the day it is highly typical for its genre, based on power chords and heavy chromaticism. Instrumentally, it is nothing to be too excited about as moderately flashy guitar solos are uncommon and the drumming is still average, despite its strengths. Not only that, all songs are in the same style, so if you’re a hardened DM fan, you will likely be underwhelmed by WW’s sophomore release. But it’s not bad. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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