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Review: Winterwolf - Cycle of the Werewolf
Cycle of the Werewolf

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2010
Duration: 40:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 8, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Cycle of the Werewolf

Rated 3.92/5 (78.33%) (12 Votes)

This is the debut album from Finland's Winterwolf. Featuring members from bands such as Demilich, and Death Chain these dudes are experienced, and play a particularly Swedish style of death metal. Now the Swedish old school death metal thing is getting quite crowded, and it's good to see a band like Winterwolf taking this sound and managing to rise above the mediocrity.

Winterwolf don't seem comfortable going through the motions, however they're right at home when they're ripping your face off. Which is what sets them apart from the others, they sound pissed off and it bleeds through the music, demanding you to pay attention and headbang along. The vocals stick to quiet bites and barks, nicely pissed off and then we have the counter balance of what I'm guessing is the guy from Demilich's vocals performing his belch/gurgle-style vocals. It works well, and provides a nice contrast similar to that of Sepsis but not as extreme.

The production is typical of the style, with the buzz-saw guitar sound, etc, etc, etc. I won't name any standout tracks here because they're all pretty similar, switching between mid-pacing and face-ripping, almost-thrash metal delivery throughout. Overall if you're a fan of old school death metal, particularly the Swedish stuff then for my money this is the best example of the style I've heard this year. However it won't change the opinion of those who aren't into the genre. Recommended

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