If there’s a five here, then there’s usually a good reason for it. I’m not the kind of reviewer who likes to praise everything, and I try to make the most honest opinions about every album I’m handed. But this one really hit home for me. I had no idea who Wolfpakk were until I got a listen of the record and being a fan of classic heavy metal and the power metal genre before the days of the Dragonforce era modernization, I really have to say that there’s really something here for everyone.
Not only does this album feature a plethora of vocalists like Amanda Somerville (Kiske/Somerville), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), and Goran Edman (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), but it also features guitar licks from Kee Marcello (Ex-Europe) and Mandy Meyer (Krokus, Ex-Gotthard) and others. But that’s not all, because Don Airey (Deep Purple) and the living legend Tony Carey (Rainbow) are on keyboard duties for this one. The band also decided to cover Rainbow’s classic track “Run With The Wolf” with the original keyboardist, which certainly turned out to be a stunning track. Still, skinsmen of the nature of Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Ozzy) and Hermann Rarebell (Ex-Scorpions) are also featured on the disc among many others, making this one hell of a release. I love collaborations more than anything else out there, and when they’re done to perfection; it makes me feel honored to be able to listen to and review them for the public.
If any of these names pop out at you, you can be certain that none of these artists performed a half-baked effort and truly gave it their all. From the strong power metal opener “Moonlight” to the thumping of “Dark Revelation” and “Pressure Down” (which is sure to be in your head for days) as well as the metal anthem “Wakken”, there is more than enough metal content here to get your head banging and your horns raised like it’s the eighties all over again. There’s also a strong ballad called “Cold Winter” for which a video has been filmed. Additionally, a bonus track called “Kid Raw” has been included on the album and it’s also worth checking out.
There’s not one bad song on this album and every track seems to have hit its mark, doing classic rock and metal supreme justice. This is one of those albums that came out of nowhere and may very well deliver a stronger dose of classic metal greatness than anything else that has been or might still be released this year. If I’ll say anything else about this terrific album, it’s that this is simply the way you do a collaboration record, hands down. I’m sure that after your first listen, Wolfpakk’s Cry Wolf will leave you howling for more. (Eric May)