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Wolverine
The Window Purpose
April 2002
Released: 2001, DVS Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

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
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Wolverine
The Window Purpose
August 2005
Released: 2005, Earache
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Wolverine has been around for awhile now, releasing 2 albums and an EP so far. Last year the band released the brooding COLD LIGHT OF MONDAY that saw them moving further away from their heavy metal roots and incorporating more minimalist structures into their music. While the album was OK, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. It was clearly a step down from their full-length debut, THE WINDOW PURPOSE.

Initially released in 2001 on the small DVS Records, THE WINDOW PURPOSE opened a lot of ears and served notice that Wolverine was a talented band that deserved attention. Thankfully Earache Records has wisely chosen to re-release the album, hopefully allowing more people to hear what the fuss was about four years ago.

What WAS the fuss all about? It was about nothing less than a brilliantly conceived, moving, and enchanting progressive metal aural feast. Wolverine managed to grasp a vast array of styles and sounds and weave them together into a metallic tapestry that proved that there was more to prog-metal than Dream Theater clones. Simply put, Wolverine forged a sound of their own and immediately took the listener on a fascinating journey. From the sinister melodies of “His Cold Touch” to the vicious/soft-rock insanity of “The Storm Inside” (drummer Marcus Losbjer really gets to show off his growls here), THE WINDOW PURPOSE never rests comfortably in one place for too long. Of course, it would take virtuoso performances from the band to pull complicated material like this off, and of course they come through with flying colors, especially vocalist Stefan Zell.

Though Wolverine has taken a bit of a strange turn in recent years, THE WINDOW PURPOSE remains an enduring marker of progressive metal. If you missed this album the first time around, make sure you don’t make the same mistake a second time.
Track Listing

1) End
2) My Room
3) His Cold Touch
4) …
5) Leaving Yesterday
6) Towards Loss
7) The Storm Inside
8) Coma
9) Release
10) Post Life
11) Again!

Lineup

Andreas Baglien: Keyboards
Per Broddesson: Guitars
Thomas Jansson: Bass
Marcus Losbjer: Drums/Percussion/Growls
Mikael Zell: Guitars
Stefan Zell: Vocals

Contact

http://http://www.wolverine-overdose.com/

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» Fervent Dream
by JP

» The Window Purpose
by CrashTest

» Cold Light of Monday
by Waspman

» The Window Purpose
by Waspman

» Communication Lost
by Erich


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