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Review: Seasons of the Wolf - Nocturnal Revelation
Seasons of the Wolf
Nocturnal Revelation

Label: Earth Mother Music
Year released: 2001
Duration: 55:28
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 3, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Nocturnal Revelation

Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)

Here we have the third album from these Florida guys who take their music, and their metal seriously. The previous "Lost In Hell" was a step up from their obscure 1996 debut, and so I expected a lot out of this CD, and I am not disappointed.

For those not familiar with SOTW describing their sound exactly can be hard. They are a very guitar-driven band, but they make extensive use of keyboards for atmosphere and melody. They are classic metal without being "True Metal" but rather recalling the days of Sabbath and Trouble. This is their most metal and least retro-sounding CD, and I have to say I think SOTW have really hit their stride here. Songs like "New Age Revolution" with its driving main riff, the rock-ass "Quilex" and the sci-fi stomp of "Magnetic Star" represent some of the best stuff this band has ever done.

Fans of the band should get this without hesitation, as all the elements are here: from Wes Waddell’s gritty sneering tenor to the cool riffs, moody instrumentals and the weird lyrical themes. "Quilex" is the first time I have ever heard a love song about a spaceship. (!) New fans will also find a lot to dig, and this is a CD that grows on you, getting better and more addictive with each listen. This is metal the ooooollllld fashioned way, and you have to marvel at the way SOTW just ignore every trend in metal since 1980 and play exactly what they want to play.

There are some throwaway tracks, like "Liar" and "NR3", but you can only call them that in comparison to the rest of the material at hand here. Even the not-as-good tracks are never dull.

CD art and design is first rate, especially for an indie record. Lyrics are included, and are as strange and far-ranging as I have come to expect from this band. Check out "Skulls", cool shit man.

For those who like just plain good music, and especially those with a soft spot for bands like Black Sabbath or Blue Oyster Cult, Seasons of the Wolf are a sure bet. They have done things their own way now for put-near a decade, and they just keep getting cooler.

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