Monday, 12 August 2013

Wolfpakk - Cry Wolf (CD Review)

02.A Matter Of Time
03.Dark Revelation
04.Cold Winter
05.Palace Of Gold
06.The Beast In Me
08.Pressure Down
09.Run With The Wolf
10.Cry Wolf
11.Kid Raw

Mark Sweeney (Vocals)
Michael Voss (Vocals)

Guest Musicians :

Vocals: Amanda Somerville (Kiske/Somerville), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Göran Edman (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell, Hardline), Doogie White (Ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker), Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Blaze Baley (Ex-Iron Maiden), Piet Sielck (Iron Savior), Jean-Marc Viller (Callaway)

Bass: Mike Winkler (Session Musician)

Guitars: Kee Marcello (Ex-Europe), Mandy Meyer (Krokus, Ex-Gotthard), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Martin Rauber (Top4tea)

Keyboards: Don Airey (Ozzy, Deep Purple), Tony Carey (Ex-Rainbow, Planet P)

Drums: Gereon Homann (Eat The Gun), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake /Ozzy), Hermann Rarebell (Ex-Scorpions), Roland Jahoda (Ex-Paradox, F.U.C.K.)

Voss and Sweeney wrote all the songs together (bar 1 cover version) and were responsible once again for production, mix and vocals. The process of creating “Cry Wolf” held many personal highlights for the WOLFPAKK leaders, one definitely being the participation of iconic keyboard player Tony Carey, keyboard player for none other than Rainbow. “It was just unbelievable to have the great Tony Carey on our album”, Sweeney reflects. “The man is a legend and was part of the line-up which recorded Rainbow’s “Rising”, one of the most important albums in rock history. Now, doing a cover version of a track from this very album with Tony playing keyboards, is something very special. And the fact that he likes our cover version of “Run With The Wolf” a lot, makes us extremely proud”.

All star albums rarely deliver a real quality, this one manages to retain the same sound throughout musically and the guest vocals do not detract or distract.

Essential its classic old school power metal, but without that "widdley widdley" shite guitarwork that always ruins a good tune!

Heavy drums and plenty of powerchords keep this one firing until we hit track 4 and a pretty naff ballad called 'Cold Winter' but everything gets back on track even the cover is okay (doesnt try to be the original) and then we hit 'Cry Wolf' an epic 10 minute work out from acoustic intros, background fx and vocal samples into full blown symphonic power prog metal heaven!

Rating 9/10

For Fans Of : Iced Earth, Kamelot, Epica, Primal Fear

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