|Review: Wolf - Edge of the World|
|Edge of the World|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2017
Originally released in: 1984
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 22, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Edge of the World
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)
The massive boom in Metal in the '80s made for a pretty crowded scene, leading to a good number of bands being forgotten, rediscovered decades later, and being hailed as forgotten legends by many in the underground. Wolf were one of these bands, releasing their one and only full-length in 1984 and disbanding shortly after, which garnered a bit of a cult following and eventually got a reissue in 2017. Of course, it's an old strategy to find a band practically no one knows, get the rights to their albums, and pass them off as lost gems of the underground regardless of their quality and, while I don't have much negative to say about Edge of the World, I'm not raving about it either.
Wolf can be pretty easily recognized as classic NWOBHM, but they operated in a very mellow strand that leans much more on rock than anything else. They can get heavy, as they do on the galloping "Highway Rider" and "Shock Treatment", but most of the songs on here are like the opening title track with laid-back riffs and anthemic choruses that wouldn't sound out of place on a local classic rock station. That's not to imply this is bad, as the aforementioned songs and closer "Medicine Man" are all really good songs and, overall, it's a pleasant enough listen. That said, it works in a sound that's rather dated, and the laid-back nature of the music makes it kind of blend into the background after a while. This isn't helped by the production having that rough, far away quality common in the era and rough vocals that sound pretty good, but are also pretty open and mellow. If you like your Metal to be so old school it's practically rock music, then you'll find a lot to love on here, but for me, I'd say that there's nothing on here that really stands out as timeless in any sense.
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