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8th November 2019
Powerwolf - “The Sacrament Of Sin” Tour 2019 - Support: Gloryhammer

‘The Sacrament of Sin’ is the seventh studio album by the German Power Metal band POWERWOLF, released on 20 July 2018 by Napalm Records. Musically, the album is much more different than previous recordings. The expression of the organ has changed, the orchestra has been added and unusual elements such as bagpipes or flute and the band recorded a ballad accompanied by the piano for the first time in its history. The main theme of the album from the point of view of lyrics is sin, but it is not a concept album. The album was rated positively by the critics, highlighting mainly the new elements that POWERWOLF put in the music. The album also flourished commercially, ranked first in the German charts, and also ranked in several other countries. In support of the album, the band performed in Europe during 2018 and 2019. Official videos were released for ‘Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend’, ‘Fire & Forgive’, ‘Incense & Iron’, ‘Killers with the Cross’, ‘The Sacrament of Sin’, ‘Stossgebet’ and ‘Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone’.

On 14 September 2018, the album won a German “Metal Hammer Award” for “Best Album”. A limited edition media book version also features a second disc named ‘Communio Lupatum’, which features POWERWOLF songs covered by other artists selected by the band members.

POWERWOLF began working on the seventh studio album after the European tour, which took place in the winter of 2017 until October of the same year. The musical expression of the songs was influenced by the CD ‘Metallum Nostrum’, on which the band recorded cover versions of songs by various artists and which was released as a bonus to the previous album ‘Blessed & Possessed’ (2015). This, according to guitarist Matthew Greywolf, showed the band that “they can play a lot more variations than they did in the past, and it will still sound like POWERWOLF.” For example, for the first time in history, bagpipes or flute were introduced to the POWERWOLF music, a much wider index was used for the organ, and the band also recorded a piano-ballad for the first time in their career. Another major influence on the sound of the album was the replacement of the producer with Jens Bogren.

They began recording the album in January 2018 at the Swedish Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, and the process lasted until March of the same year. The band decided to change the production team because they did not want to stagnate in one place but wanted to move musically. All six of the band’s previous albums were recorded with Fredrik Nordström. The collaboration with Bogren was preceded by a discussion of the band’s sound, which, according to Greywolf, also helped the group understand themselves. According to Falk Maria Schlegel, the new production benefited the songs, as many instruments were recorded in the studio in one piece, not in parts. As a result, the songs “breathe more”. Some of the compositions also feature a large number of orchestration by Bogren and Joost van den Broek.

The theme of sin appears in some of the songs that deal with “what sin is and how man becomes a sinner.” Before the album was released, the group released three singles; ‘Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend’, ‘Fire & Forgive’, and ‘Incense & Iron’. All of them were first released only in digital form, the first of them later also physically as a special edition available only at the Czech Masters of Rock festival. In this way, the band wanted to thank Czech fans for the gold record they had received for ‘Blessed & Possessed’.

Additional Concert Info
Doors: 18:30
Start: 19:00
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