‘The Sacrement Of Sin’
2018 release from Napalm Records.
Attila Dorn – Vocals. Matthew Greywolf – Lead guitar, rhythm guitar. Charles Greywolf – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass. Falk Maria Schlegel – Organ, keyboard. Roel van Halden – Drums, percussions.
Artist location: Germany.
Rating: 87 out of 100.
Reviewed by David.
- Fire & Forgive.
- Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend.
- Killers With The Cross.
- Incense And Iron.
- Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone.
- Nightside Of Siberia.
- The Sacrement Of Sin.
- Venom Of Venus.
- Nighttime Rebel.
- Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike).
- Midnight Madonna (Earbook bonus track).
- Sacred & Wild (Epica).
- We Drink Your Blood (Saltatio Mortis).
- Kiss Of The Cobra King (Caliban).
- Resurrection By Erection (Battle Beast).
- Night Of The Werewolves (Heaven Shall Burn).
- The Evil Made Me Do It (Kadaver).
- Let There Be Night (Kissin’ Dynamite).
- Amen & Attack (Mille Petrozza with Marc Gortz).
- Army Of The Night (Amaranthe).
- When The Saints Are Going Wild (Eluveitie).
German power metal band Powerwolf are back with their seventh full length studio album, ‘The Sacrement Of Sin’ and, in my opinion, it is their strongest record to date.
I have, somewhat, followed the band since they released their first album, ‘Return In Bloodred’, in 2005 because I have enjoyed many songs from them over the years, but have never really liked an entire album through and through.
This record changed that.
From the first time I heard the first single, ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’, I was excited for this release as it stands as my favorite song the band has delivered yet. The next single, and album opener, ‘Fire & Forgive’, I enjoyed immensely also. When I received the full album I found that the two singles were not the only tracks I liked from the record but in fact I enjoyed every single track on the album.
This is another oddball one for me. As you know, power metal is not my go to genre, but, as with Beast In Black, this is done so well and is so catchy it is hard not to like if you enjoy power metal at all.
The songs are all strong, production is superb, the instruments are on point with Matthew Greywolf, Charles Greywolf, Falk Maria Schlegel and Roel van Halden all doing an exceptional job and Attila Dorn’s classically trained operatic vocals bring a different feel to the bands music than is normal in most power metal.
All in all this is a smashing record for power metal fans.
‘Fire & Forgive’ is a hard and fast rocker that is Powerwolf all the way and ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ is absolutely catchy as hell and incredibly melodic! I just love it!
‘Killers With The Cross’ and ‘Incense And Iron’ are both strong rockers, though I tend to enjoy the first one a bit more, personally.
‘Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone’ changes things up drastically by giving us a beautiful power ballad and a great vocal delivery from Attila.
‘Stossgebet’ brings us to the middle of the record and it is a scorcher. This song is entirely in a different language and I don’t know if I have ever enjoyed a song so much that I did not understand a single word of. No clue what it is about but I love it.
‘Nightside Of Siberia’, ‘The Sacrement Of Sin’ and ‘Venom Of Venus’ all continue with the same breakneck speed of the first several tracks. ‘Nightside Of Siberia’ and ‘Venom Of Venus’ are both great songs while the title track is my least favorite song of the album. However the next track, ‘Nighttime Rebel’, is one of my favorites. A very catchy tune and probably my favorite song after ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. A fantastic rocker that leads into the final track of the regular edition of the album, ‘Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)’, another strong head banger to finish out of the record.
‘Midnight Madonna’ is a bonus track available on some editions of the record and a shame that is because it is a great, upbeat song that should have been included on the regular edition of the album so that everyone could have it. Another favorite of mine. You can hear it by clicking on the link for it near the top of the page.
Included in the deluxe edition of the record is a second disc, this one is a tribute album to Powerwolf with some of their biggest songs being performed by the likes of Amaranthe and Kissin’ Dynamite. You can see the track listing, along with the bands that cover them, near the top of the page.
My only real criticism here is that the songs do start to sound similar after a while. Taken song by song this is not too far from being perfect for me because I think this is the best material as a whole that the band has ever written and every track is just very catchy, but listening to it beginning to end the songs do start to meld together some and it is about the only negative thing I can say about the record.
If you know the band’s music from past records then you know exactly what you are getting into with this one. There is nothing really new here, it is just all done better in my opinion.
‘Fire & Forgive’.
‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’.
‘Killers With The Cross’.
‘Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone’.
‘Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)’.
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