Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Power Metal
Release Date: 26th of August 2011
Label: AFM Records
WOLFPAKK is an ambitious project of Michael Voss (Ex-CASANOVA, MAD MAX) and Mark Sweeney (Ex-CRYSTAL BALL) who have known each other for a long time and planned on working together on a Metal project extraordinaire with view to bring the best musicians of the Metal & Hard Rock genres together for a collaboration on their ‘Wolfpakk’ album to be released on 26th of August. Many, well, actually all songs are worth to be mentioned - it’s simply not an easy task to bring forward a favourite song, because they are all strong contenders for being mentioned as such, so I’ll just go to mention songs that would represent my feelings about this album the most.
‘Siren’ was pure Heavy Metal anthem. You may have already heard a song that was out as a video ‘Reptile’s Kiss’, probably their most catchiest, reminding one of the best of Hard Rock era, to me it brings something of ROBERT PLANT, but many other references could be find there, but again, these guys made it all their own. Though it’s close to cheesy in some ways, they managed to steer by a thin edge from that label. Still it’s probably a song that spoke to me the least on this album. Now I have to decide between ‘The Crow’ and ‘Let Me Die’. Considering that long after the album stops playing, it’s the latter that is still in my head, I’ll go with that one. The opening brings the epic to mind immediately, the chorus is superb and memorable, it has everything that I can sum up simply as “classic”, it brings all the genres smoothly together with a great skill, it’s has a layered feel with its great collaboration of vocals and vocal techniques (including the dramatic narrative within its middle) woven together with the song that create the fantastic atmosphere and that’s without mentioning the great stuff going on with guitars and drums, it has an altogether feeling of wholesomeness for me.
One more aspect of the album I will mention are the brilliant keyboards within the last song ‘Wolfony’ that bring the album in no less epic way to its conclusion, and the sadness it evokes breaking out into a breakneck speed only to turn to some classic guitar solos with a superb touch of choir singing in Latin, and some more “treats” - not that you’ll want the album to end! The effort has paid off; this album is indeed extraordinary - epic, engaging, skilful and excellent. It brings the best of the genres together and creates something that feels very fresh from them. The music and lyrics are stirring, strong and simply superb to enjoy. A sure recommend!
01. Sirens – 4.57
02. Dark Horizons – 4.20
03. Lost – 6.47
04. Slam Down The Hammer – 4.25
05. The Crow – 5.29
06. Wolfpup – 0.57
07. Let Me Die – 6.48
08. Reptile´s Kiss – 4.37
09. Ride The Bullet – 4.13
010. Wolfony – 9.59
Michael Voss - vocals, lyrics, music, mixing, production
Mark Sweeney - vocals, lyrics, music, mixing, production
Vocals: Paul Di'Anno (Ex-IRON MAIDEN), Tony Martin (Ex-BLACK SABBATH), Jeff Scott Soto (Ex-Y. MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN), Rob Rock (IMPELITTERI), Mark Boals (Ex-Y.MALMSTEEN), Tim Ripper Owens (Ex-JUDAS PRIEST), Paul Shortino (Ex-QUIET RIOT), Mark Fox (Ex-SHAKRA), Michaela Schober (TANZ DER VAMPIRE), Jean-Marc Viller (CALLAWAY), Pearl and Molly Duncan
Bass: Tony Franklin (Ex-BLUE MURDER, ROBERT PLANT), Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR), Matthias Rethmann (Ex-LeeZ, SILVER), Nils Middelhauve (XANDRIA), Neil Murray (WHITESNAKE), Barend Courbois (VENGEANCE).
Guitars: Jgor Gianola (U.D.O.), Andy Midgeley (POWER QUEST), Ira Black (Ex-VICIOUS RUMOURS, LIZZY BORDEN), Torsten Koehne (EDENS CURSE), Doc Heyne (BISS), Tommy Denander (DAN REED, PAUL STANLEY), Nadja Kossinskaja (PETER MAFFAY), Freddy Scherer (GOTTHARD), Olaf Lenk (AT VANCE), George Solonos (TOMMY LEE)
Keyboards: Alessandro Delveccio (GLENN HUGHES, IAN PAICE), Ferdy Doernberg (AXEL RUDI PELL, ROUGH SILK)
Drums: Gereon Homann (EAT THE GUN)
Total: 9 / 10