Still, it took me a while to finally finish this review, mainly because I have been occupied with some other projects lately. To celebrate my return to the core-job of being a music journalist, I could not have chosen a more satisfying album. Wolf Counsel is back and this time they reach high.
The idea for the band already came to life in the nineties but it took the members quite some time to actually dive into the rehearsal studio. Since then, they have been working hard, perfecting their blend of doom metal and heavy metal. Today, that sound is a sonic blast, one in which you might recognize influences from Black Sabbath, Type O Negative, Voivod and Manowar. In a way the album seamlessly follows its predecessor.
Opener 'Wolven Earth' immediately sets the tone. Once again we're in for a ride along majestic riffs, heroic drums and epic atmospheres. 'Semper Occvltvs' slightly raises the tempo and comes with some intreguing melodies. Then, there is the title track, a crawling monster of a doom metal track, the slowest thing to be found on this album I guess. This one harbors a sense of insanity, especially in the vocals. It took me a moment to get use to this mindfucking track but I love it.
On 'O' Death' the band invited Daniela Venegas on guest vocals, which suddenly turns the song into a good old fashioned hard rock duet. You know, like Lita and Ozzy, only heavier. For me personally, I think 'Eternal Solitude' is my favorite song on this album. It alternates between slow and mid tempo and proves excellent headbanging material for people who are no longer in their twenties.
The nineties influences become extremely clear in 'Coffin Nails', which all of a sudden showcases both (mild) grunts and clean vocals. This too thrives in an the occult and dark atmosphere of bands like Paradise Lost, Amorphis and so on. So yeah, Wolf Counsel once again delivered a solid piece of work, loaded with everything you love about doom metal. Of course I will recommend this album to all doomers out there.