|Review: Wolfspring - Wolfspring|
Label: ProgRock Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: October 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
ProgRock Records have a knack for picking up little known gems. Just take Soul Secret for example, or Prymary, two cool Prog Metal bands that have turned heads without batting an eyelid. Fresh on the block are French newbies Wolfspring, and while the name may conjure up another Folk Metal facsimile, these guys are actually an interesting Prog Metal outfit who aren't short of an idea or two.
Toying with a sound reminiscent of Pain Of Salvation's Remedy Lane, there is a quirkiness to Wolfspring, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Jean-Pierre Louveton (those of you with a keen eye on the genre will know him from French proggers Nemo). There is a lot going on with their self-titled debut, but nothing too cluttered. Zero Hour, this ain't. There is a much simpler, mystic side to this lot, a side that has more to do with the Wolverines, Riversides and Ricochets of this world than the Evergreys and Illusion Suites.
Mixing heavier segments with ethnic and symphonic soundscapes, songs like "The Haunting" and "Train's Gone" are odd little numbers that offer something familiar but nothing too plagiaristic. At times, one is reminded of Magenta and Touchstone, mostly in the quieter, acoustic sections, although vocal charmer Julian Clemens has a smooth, pleasant voice not unlike Mariusz Duda, lifting some lush melodies from the background. Having said that, the production is hollow, far too reliant on synths, and there's an awful lot of waiting around for the album to kick off. Still, with a Out Of Myself-like epic in the closing 12 minute opus "Our New MediaEvil World", Wolfspring show true potential, and given a little more time, I'm sure they will contribute widely to a scene already overpopulated with talent.
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