Monday 6 August 2018

Album Review: POWERWOLF - The Sacrament of Sin

Powerwolf - The Sacrament of Sin

01. Fire & Forgive
02. Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend
03. Killers With the Cross
04. Incense & Iron
05. Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone
06. Stossgebet
07. Nightside of Siberia
08. The Sacrament of Sin
09. Venom of Venus
10. Nighttime Rebel
11. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike) 

(Bonus Disc)

01. Epica – Sacred & Wild
02. Saltatio Mortis – We Drink Your Blood
03. Caliban – Kiss of the Cobra King
04. Battle Beast – Resurrection By Erection
05. Heaven Shall Burn – Night of the Werewolves
06. Kadavar – The Evil Made Me Do It
07. Kissin' Dynamite – Let There Be Night
08. Mille Petrozza & Marc Gortz – Amen & Attack
09. Amaranthe – Army of the Night
10. Eluveitie – Nata vimpi cvrmid / Ira Sancti (When the Saints Are Going Wild)

There's something wonderfully ridiculous and over the top about Germany's Powerwolf that's endeared them to so many Metal fans across the world. What they do is fun as well as musically proficient, providing some much-needed escapism for the listener. I know that this band may be deemed as a bit too cheesy and too silly for many Metal fans, but what would you expect from a band called Powerwolf?

The Sacrament of Sin is their seventh studio album, and shows the band at their most diverse, without deviating too far from the Power Metal sound they are known and loved for.

Opener Fire & Forgive is a blistering barrage of triumphant Power Metal. Armed with a titan-sized chorus and a shredding guitar solo, it ticks just about everything you'd want and expect from Powerwolf. Demons Are A Girls Best Friend is an obvious single as it is very catchy and encompasses every ridiculous element of the band that will appeal to its target audience.

Other highlights include the drama-soaked Killers With The Cross, and the gloriously ridiculous Nighttime Rebel.

Overall, The Sacrament Of Sin is a well-crafted album with an impressive level of musicianship, composition and delivery. Most importantly, it's a highly entertaining adventure. It's not for everyone, but anyone who likes this genre is sure to be thrilled by it.

It's also worth mentioning that the special edition of this release comes with a bonus disc of Powerwolf classics covered by other amazing artists including Battle Beast, Epica, and Amaranthe. Bonus CDs don't come better than that.


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