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Band: Powerwolf
Album: Lupus Dei
Style: Power metal
Release date: May 2007

01. Lupus Demonae (Intro)
02. We Take It From The Living
03. Prayer In The Dark
04. Saturday Satan
05. In Blood We Trust
06. Behind The Leathermask
07. Vampires Don't Die
08. When The Moon Shines Red
09. Mother Mary Is A Bird Of Prey
10. Tiger Of Sabrod
11. Lupus Dei

The European power metal style had become increasingly popular at first in the '90s, thanks to Germany, but gradually fell out of popularity and become one of the unfashionable styles in metal music with a specific set of listeners. There are various reasons for this trend; for example, any newly-forming bands with a lower quality level are likely in the scene. Power metal is a genre in which one small slip could lead an album to turn into a complete disaster. But among the long list of bands you can still find names with different and innovative music that breathe new life into the half-dead body of this genre. The German-Romanian band called Powerwolf is one of these bands, combining elements of speed metal wth power metal and using lyrics reminiscent of Church domination in medieval times to find its own place among metalheads.

Lupus Dei, or "Wolf of God," is the second yowl of these Karlsruhe wolves. Riffs numb and heavy with speed and strength, and drums like a charioteer's whip, make an ideal atmosphere for the unique and imposing operatic vocals of Attila Dorn, who tells us stories about the Bible. Although the lyrics are legendary and delirious, they keep gothic themes that are consistent with the dark and murky space of the album. This album is not full-volume, and I think that Bible Of The Beast is the best Powerwolf album, with tracks like "Moscow After Dark," "Werewolves Of Armenia," and, of course, "Wolves Against The World" made memorable by the extraordinary voice and special accent of Attila.

Maybe sometimes the shortage of melodies is obvious, but Lupus Dei has the sense of being in a medieval church or crypt, and in a moment, the listener can smell the amber and perfume of churches; finally, the bitter and biting melodies of the guitars transmit to the ears of the listener, although we should not forget the role of the magic keyboard solos of Falk.

Now listen to the unrelenting attack of the German-Romanian Powerwolf.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 8

Written by The Massenger | 19.08.2016

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Comments: 2   Visited by: 38 users
19.08.2016 - 19:27
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Well those as you told later form in bands are so low known because we have over producyion and its hard to jump hight whit music
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15.07.2023 - 03:46
Rating: 7
Hmm, now looking forward to Bible of the beast now.
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