Vera : The nocturnal prayers of our preachers (’Preachers Of The Night’) were granted! Previous album ruled the charts for weeks and resulted in sold out venues for Powerwolf in whole Europe. The step-by-step rise to fame from these werewolves of Armenia (well, they hail from Germany, but we prefer to follow them in their fantasies) suddenly exploded into a gargantuan success. We applaud that, since these hard-working devoted collective deserves that. Yet it creates huge expectations for a successor.
Since halfway July we know how that sounds, because then the inciting power metal band delivered another new album ‘Blessed & Possessed’. There hasn’t changed a single thing on their success formula and this would be stupid. Consequently we can enjoy eleven catchy stunners, made to sing along with tongue-in-cheek lyrics about religion and the world we are living in. Just like Sabaton, Powerwolf has an obvious mission in this world: giving the fans unforgettable entertainment with an impressive show and playing not too complex metal with huge value of amusement. Believe me, it is not that easy to be brilliant in that discipline, but our Saarbrücken five-piece manages to do that and stays reliable in it. Not everyone will agree with me, but it is a signature talent to come up with songs like the energetic title track (the opener), the stamping single ‘Army Of The Night’ (video!) or speedy tracks such as ‘Dead Until Dark’ and ‘Christ & Combat’. Herewith the songs are regaled with the fervent yet very melodious guitar skills of Matthew Greywolf and the solemn organ sounds of Falk Maria Schlegel also have a prominent function. But naturally it is master of ceremony Attila Dorn who adds a special zest to the songs with his (sometimes) operatic chants. Songs like the ultimate fetching ‘Armata Strigoi’ with its charming guitar accents (Amon Amarth flavour) or the bit slower ‘Sacramental Sister’ (with Iron Maiden like intermezzo) instantly haunt you and they are a guarantee for new exuberant scenes at the upcoming shows. They do not deviate from their approved recipe, but there’s absolutely no need for that. A song with a Latin title (‘Sanctus Dominus’) and a ‘bloody song’ with ‘All You Can Bleed’ as title complete the entire thing. At least, it nearly does, since the seven minutes long occluding track ‘Let There Be Night’ adds just that extra to an album that is clearly made with love and craftsmanship. Thus it will unhampered continue the victorious march from Powerwolf. Be sure to purchase the special edition, since it includes a bonus disc with ten metal classics in true wolfish style.