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Wolf
Black Wings
March 2002
Released: 2001, No Fashion Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Mosquito

Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Iron Maiden with Rob Halford? Well wonder no more because the answer is here and the answer is Wolf. Formed in Sweden in 1995 by two friends, they started playing 70's influenced metal and recorded a demo. Luckily for them, No Fashion Records got ahold of it and signed them.



The band entered the Abyss Studio (Peter TÃĪgtgren of Hypocrisy's Studio) and recorded their debut album which was simply titled, WOLF. The album received good reviews in various metal magazines. Then in 2001 they recorded BLACK WINGS.



This album is a real change from the normal material coming out of Sweden these days and is quite refreshing. I made the comment earlier about it being Maiden and Halford. Well, I think their singer, Niklas Olsson sounds very much like Halford (so much that it's scary at times!) They also play very Maiden'ish riffs. To some people this might be unoriginal, but I personally think you should't break a good formula. These guys have talent and perform pure ear-blasting metal! I recommend this disc to anyone who likes Maiden, Priest, or just great classic Metal. Current pick's on the disc are "Genocide", "Venom", and "I Am The Devil."
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Wolf
Black Wings
March 2002
Released: 2002, No Fashion Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen

For the first time when becoming aware of the existence of this Swedish retro heavy combo was when I happened to down the Swedish tv on and this Wolf's video "Into the Moonlight" (which has been on the metal-rules.com video rotation by the way) was being shown on some hilarious music show. Anyway the Swedish traditional retro heavy metallers have put a new album called Black Wings consisting all in all of eight tracks of their own and a cover version of the old Mercyful Fate classic " A Dangerous Meeting". The album basically stands for the typical Swedish way of picking up the real Iron Maiden oriented riffs and modernize them more or less in order to use for the band's own purposes and musical inspirations. As a matter of fact I even tried to identify which Maiden tune has been plagezied for tracks of Wolf on Black Wings, cos references are so obvious. Despite the Maiden influences and references are so obvious, the band definitely appeals to the die-hard heavy metal freaks as tracks work so goddamn well and the vocalist's excellent voice guarantees a real timetravel back to the glorious years of Heavy Metal of the 80's.



Official Site: http://www.wolf.nu
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