Wolfhorde - Hounds Of Perdition review




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Band: Wolfhorde
Album: Hounds Of Perdition
Release date: January 2019


01. Chimera
02. Doctor Of The Plague
03. Black Song
04. Towers Of Silence
05. Forged In Ice
06. Kill The Light
07. Hounds Of Perdition


According to our own sources here at Metal Storm, Wolfhorde have been around since 2001, taking close to a decade before putting out any material. What were they doing in that time, you ask? Waiting around for their Finnish comrades from other bands to write their material for them, it seems.

Finntroll, Wintersun, Sonata Arctica, Catamenia, Kalmah, Ensiferum, Ensiferum and, oh yeah, Ensiferum, all have their fingerprints all over Wolfhordes Hounds Of Perdition. Do you know what? It's not so bad if distinctly Finnish quasi-extreme, fully-epic folk metal is like, totally your shit. Wolfhorde do an…uhhh…ok job at impersonating their countrymen. They amalgamate so much of what makes this brand of metal so appealing; the whimsical polka jauntiness of Finntrolls Nattfodd, vaguely oriental flavors of Wintersuns Time I, Sonata Arcticas easy accessibility, the chunky riffage of Kalmah, occasionally reaching the ferocity of Catamenias Location: COLD. Shove this all in a blender and present it in an Ensiferum-esque structure.

Wolfhorde is derivative as all hell. Being derivative in and of itself isn't always entirely detrimental. I mean, an album as ambitiously unoriginal as Hounds Of Perdition can be highly satisfying, even if somewhat disposable. Unfortunately, Wolfhorde aren't that satisfying. Where Wolfhorde go wrong is that they merely sound like a deflated version of all their favorites. They're less fun than Finntroll. They're less energetic than Catamenia or Kalmah. They lack the knack for the intuitively timed peaks & valleys of Ensiferum.

Most detrimentally, they don't have the meticulous production values of Sonata Arctica or Wintersun. Now, Wolfhorde obviously don't have the fame of Sonata Arctica, nor the exploitable fanbase of Wintersun, so expecting top-notch production is a little unreasonable. However, this production is offensively amateurish for this type of music. It might have helped them to have consistently bad production in one particular way - they don't even have that. Instead, it sounds like they went through 3 or 4 different inexperienced producers. One moment the synths sound inconsequential, next they drown out the guitars, later both elements are fighting each other in a soupy mess.

While Wolfhorde definitely understand what makes their fellow Finns enjoyable, they're just too unremarkable to feel like anything more than a placeholder between Ensiferum albums.


 



Written on 24.02.2019 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 68 users
24.02.2019 - 12:22
RaduP
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I was thinking of checking this out. Seems not to be worth the time in that case.
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24.02.2019 - 15:24
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Masterchief
Written by RaduP on 24.02.2019 at 12:22

I was thinking of checking this out. Seems not to be worth the time in that case.


I will check it out, seems good. Never judge anything from other revives, judgement, listen it your self and then judge. It makes you stronger, harder to influence. This is how I have my thougts about metal what strongly provokes and makes us disagree in extreme whit real life people and internet people. Listen and judge your self.
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24.02.2019 - 15:51
traililya
All in all it's a good album.
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24.02.2019 - 18:25
RaduP
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Written by Bad English on 24.02.2019 at 15:24

I will check it out, seems good. Never judge anything from other revives, judgement, listen it your self and then judge. It makes you stronger, harder to influence. This is how I have my thougts about metal what strongly provokes and makes us disagree in extreme whit real life people and internet people. Listen and judge your self.

I see what you're trying to say, but I don't have time to listen to everything. I trust Doc enough to take his word for it.
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24.02.2019 - 18:39
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Masterchief
Written by RaduP on 24.02.2019 at 18:25

Written by Bad English on 24.02.2019 at 15:24

I will check it out, seems good. Never judge anything from other revives, judgement, listen it your self and then judge. It makes you stronger, harder to influence. This is how I have my thougts about metal what strongly provokes and makes us disagree in extreme whit real life people and internet people. Listen and judge your self.

I see what you're trying to say, but I don't have time to listen to everything. I trust Doc enough to take his word for it.

Same hete, but when it comes whit dock his negative rewiews to me are good in genres i like
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