|Review: Grey Wolf - The Beginning|
Label: Arthorium Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 11, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.92/5 (58.33%) (12 Votes)
Fabio "Grey Wolf" Paulinelli is a one-man metal machine from Brazil. As Grey Wolf he's been putting out demos and albums at a furious clip for the past six years, cranking out three full-length albums in like 27 months. It's been a few years since the last album, Glorious Death, and so here we have a collection of demos and rare tracks to keep us interested.
If you love Ironsword, then you will dig this band, and while I was skeptical of a collection of demo tracks, this kind of primitive metal actually benefits from an iron-age recording job. These tracks are pretty much all go-for-the-throat metal hammers with a few more epic tracks mixed in here and there. The production quality does vary a good bit between the songs, but it's still a chugging, headbanging good time. A lot of these songs turned up on the proper Grey Wolf albums in one form or another, but these are often quite different takes on them. There are a number of live cuts on this disc, and for my money they could have been left off, as they pretty much just sound like the demos only with some crowd noise and worse sound. The first and last tracks are previously unreleased songs, so that adds a bit of value if you already have these demos. Overall this is a solid disc of metal-to-the-bone old-school headbanging. You get well over an hour of music, so it's a good value, and while a lot of Grey Wolf's songs sound similar, it never gets dull.
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