Vera : After the release of ‘Blessed & Possessed’, huge crowds of people were blessed and conquered via worldwide touring by Powerwolf. Finally their first live registration was released in 2016, called ‘The Metal Mass - Live’ (DVD). However, we will enter this Summer with new work from the hard-working five-piece from Saarbrücken. ‘The Sacrament Of Sin’, their seventh studio album, includes eleven easygoing songs, inviting you to sing along. They are so fetching that they will soon haunt you!
This time the band worked together with producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, but (fortunately) they hold on to their well-known sound. On the other hand we conclude with pleasure that they cautiously insert new influences. With the ultra tight ‘Fire & Forgive’ and the catchy ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ they cannot start more familiar, but ‘Killers With A Cross’ happens to be a lot darker and through ‘Incense And Iron’ blows a charming folkloristic wind and it has storytelling vocals. We even hear bagpipes. Powerwolf challenges us with a first ballad ever and it is a nice one, with magnificent guitar skills and Attila showing a sensitive side of his personality. That happens in ‘Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone’, a song with way more serious lyrics than we are used from the wolves. In a song like ‘Stossgebet’ one cannot ignore any Sabaton influences and the catchy guitar accents in the heaviest track ‘Nightside Of Siberia’ are a bit akin to Amon Amarth. Yet above all Powerwolf still stands for fetching choruses, a pinch of liturgy, sacral organ and fervent guitar skills and that is exactly what’s abundantly illustrated in the next songs as well. All this is relished with a sauce of orchestration and choirs, but that never rules over the guitars and powerful drums. With this new evangelic collection, Powerwolf can hit the road again! If you purchase the special edition, you get a bonus CD with Powerful songs, covered by other artists and you’ll find some nice surprises amongst them. Release date 20/07.