Released: 2001, DVS Records
When I received THE WINDOW PURPOSE in the mail a few weeks back I knew very little about Wolverine. The ad I saw for the album called the band “a progressive Nevemore”. Enough said, I was sold and TWP arrived shortly thereafter. Two things caught my eye as I tore open the wrapper and opened the case. First, a quick scan of the track list suggested that TWP might be a concept album. Always a plus when done correctly. Next, I glanced at the band roster and noted the dual guitar lineup. Twin axes in prog metal ... good, VERY good. Now, almost a month later, I have learned that I was right on both assumptions. TWP is indeed a concept album and the dual guitar sound is very good.
To give the as yet uninitiated a bit of reference from which to start, Wolverine remind me of an Evergrey or a Fates Warning, with a dose of Pain of Salvation to boot. The music is progressive metal, but the album has heavy hitters and soft touches as well. TWP is an emotionally-charged album that is both dark and contemplative. The overall concept of TWP should be left to the listener to decipher, but in short it deals with issues of life, death and a man’s struggle with his personal inner-demons. I would not, however, suggest that this means the music is depressing. Rather, it is an emotional journey with peaks and valleys along the way. The voice of Stefan Zell helps to capture the emotion such a task requires. Other voices play a part as well, as Marcus Lobjer (drums) provides the occasional death growl, adding an emphatic punch whenever it appears. “Leaving Yesterday” features a duet between Zell and Jamina Jansson. The album’s best songs are featured at the beginning, but this is no slight to the rest of TWP, as the last few songs help the album cross the finish line with authority.
Everything about Wolverine smells of success. The music shows a lot of thought and involves the listener, and the packaging is excellent, especially the photography and artwork. Each track has it’s own accompanying image, sometimes looking as if the image is being viewed through a window. While I’m not blown away, I am very impressed by Wolverine. Which prompts me to offer a suggestion to fans of prog metal and metalheads in general ... pick this one up. Methinks that one day you’ll enjoy bragging to your friends that you were a Wolverine fan back when nobody knew who they were. TWP is easily the best album I have heard from a newer prog metal band since Zero Hour’s THE TOWERS OF AVARICE.
Official website: http://www.wolverine-overdose.com