WOLFPAKK – Rise of the Animal
WOLFPAKK is the project band that the singers Mark Sweeney (ex-CRYSTAL BALL) and Michael Voss (MICHAEL SCHENKER, CASANOVA, MAD MAX) formed back in 2010 and this is their third release. The singers once again have invited in their new release many guest musicians like Michael Kiske , Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN), Ted Poley, Joe Lynn Turner, Rick Altzi, David Reece, Charlie Huhn, Don Dokken, Marc Storace, Michaela Schober, Jean-Marc Viller on vocals. On the bass you can find musicians like: Bob Daisley, Al Barrow, Barend Courbois. The guitars were played by Jeff Watson, Ryan Roxie, Bernie Torme, John Norum, Doug Aldrich, Axel Rudi Pell, Martin Rauber. Finally on the drums you can find Mike Terrana, Mark Schulman, Simon Philips, Chris Slade, Gereon Homann. Ah there are other 2 musicians that participate here and these are Chris Ivo, Pablo Allen. As you can see all these seem extremely interesting and create great expectations.
THE COVER: The cover is quite simple and straight to the point. It is completely white and you can distinguish the characteristics of a white wolf. This is the kind of cover that I expect to see from a band like WOLFPAKK and for the kind of sound they have chosen to play.
MUSICAL STYLE: Actually we can talk about musical styles, since you will have the chance here to listen to a variety of different musical styles which all move between hard rock, melodic heavy metal and even power metal. The interesting thing with WOLFPAKK is that they manage to keep their identity no matter what the style of the song is. So, if you are into bands like SAXON, PRETTY MAIDS, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, WHITESNAKE and even HELLOWEEN, then you will find here something interesting.
COMPOSITIONS: The album includes 11 compositions and as I have already mentioned above they move between hard rock and melodic metal, but there are a few times that the band flirts with euro power metal like in the songs “Somewhere Beyond” and “Rise of the Animal”. The characteristic elements of the compositions are of course the great melodies and the great interpretation from all the musicians that participate. My personal favorite songs from the album are: “Rider of the Storm”, “Highlands”, “Black Wolf” and “Rise of the Animal”.
CONCLUSION: Without me being in the mind of the creators, I can guess that they wanted to create an album that is rooted in the 70’s and 80’s sound of hard rock and heavy metal and also bring to these sounds a fresh and contemporary breath. I think that they have done a very good job and “Rise of the Animal” can offer a lot of quality listening time to anyone that will decide to purchase it.