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Review: Wolfshead - Leaden

Label: Rockshots Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 38:18
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Doom


Review online: February 11, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (8 Votes)

Ah, gotta love that warm, organic, and authentic sound of the 70s... Wolfshead, a band from Oulu, Finland, goes all the way back to the 70s era of Heavy Rock/Metal. They play some sort of mix of proto-Doom Metal which put bands like Black Sabbath on the Heavy Metal map so many decades ago along with this Motörhead-ish type of loud and honest Heavy Rock, with a relaxing Rock 'n' Roll vibe. They also remind me of The Black League, the rockin' men from their own town, but with a more stripped-down, harsher, and a tad heavier musical approach.

Leaden really doesn't try to reinvent the 70s wheel of heavier music. On the contrary, they go with some of the elements that for example made Black Sabbath sound like Black Sabbath, Motörhead like Motörhead, and so forth, using existing musical formulas to express the band's sound. Iron Maiden isn't a completely unknown entity for these lads either, not for the band's guitarist Ari Rajaniemi anyway, as he proves at the end of "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" with his lead work. Add vocalist Tero Laine's raspy vocal approach, which at times sounds like Mr. Lordi would be behind the mic, and you have a pretty pleasant-sounding wholeness on your hands. Wolfshead do just that on their debut full-length, going back to the roots of Heavy Rock and Metal, and doing it with enough credibility.

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