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Wolf
Legions Of Bastards

Company: Century Media
Release: 2011
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Grim Gaijin

  • Traditional heavy metal is alive and well



  • In this day and age, the metal "scene" is convoluted with multitudes of bands and sub-genres, that it's almost taboo or "not extreme enough" to be just called a Heavy Metal band. Well, I'm glad to say that Heavy Metal – over the past 5 years or so – has staged its comeback in the forms of such bands as Enforcer, Cauldron, Skull Fist, Holy Grail, & White Wizzard just to name a few. Leading the pack (no pun intended) of the heavy metal heavyweights is Wolf. Since 1995, Wolf has been churning out their ferocious brand of heavy metal, releasing 6 albums. Their latest album, Legions of Bastards continues the thunder of previous efforts and defies all metal sub-genres by proving that traditional heavy metal is alive and well in 2011 and can be just as extreme as any other type of metal.

    Legions of Bastards hits the ground running with the up-tempo Vicious Companions and the 80's metal riff attack of Skull Crusher. Full Moon Possession picks the pace back up with a Judas Priest-like riff and awesome dual guitars throughout. The vocals sound great with the occasional Rob Halford screams in the chorus. Jekyll & Hyde shows a more mid-tempo style song with a riff that reminds me of Born Again-era Black Sabbath. Absinthe kicks things back in high gear and pretty much sets the pace for the remainder of the album. The final track is a Metal Church cover called Method To Your Madness and Wolf absolutely nails it! I was a huge Metal Church fan back in the 80's and hearing this track made me want to dust off my Metal Church collection and reminisce the good ole days.

    All "true" fans of metal should check out Wolf if haven't done so already. Whether picking up Legions of Bastards as your introduction to the band or getting anything from their back catalog, I'm sure you'll all agree that Wolf is an extremely consistent band that knows the formula for releasing great metal albums. Legions of Bastards is already in my "Top 10 favorite Metal albums of 2011" list and could easily be contenders of metal album of the year. Don't hesitate, pick this album up now!


    About this Writer:
    David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: WOLF
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Evil StarWolf
    2003
    Vinaya Saksena6/9/2004
    Legions Of BastardsWolf
    2011
    David Loveless7/15/2011
    RavenousWolf
    2009
    Raising Iron5/15/2009
    The Black FlameWolf
    2006
    Eric Compton11/29/2006


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: WOLF
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Devil SeedWolf
    2014
    Eric Compton11/12/2014
    Legions of BastardsWolf
    2011
    Chris Kincaid6/15/2011


    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: WOLF
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Niklas StålvindWolfDavid Loveless7/15/2011


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