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Review: Seasons of the Wolf - Lost in Hell
Seasons of the Wolf
Lost in Hell

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Originally released in: 1999
Duration: 73:01
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 16, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Lost in Hell

Rated 3.73/5 (74.55%) (11 Votes)

One of the many cool things about Heavy Metal is the sheer number of great bands out there just waiting to be "discovered." For me, it doesn't matter if they are brand new or have been around for years, the feeling I get when I play something I've never heard before is a huge part of the allure. And when the music is good, so much the better.

Seasons of the Wolf have been around since 1988, but like so many bands, have been completely off my radar screen. No more. These guys from Florida absolutely smoke on their 1999 album Lost in Hell, newly re-released by Pure Steel Records. Traditional Heavy Metal a bit different from anything else you have heard is the name of the game. Bands whose influences I can hear on Lost in Hell include Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol and Hawkwind, yet Seasons of the Wolf retain their own distinctive sound. Singer Wes Waddell has a fine voice. His mid-range is gritty and menacing while his shrieks will send shivers down your spine. Musically, mid-paced Traditional Heavy Metal pours from the speakers in great, molten torrents. "Lost in Hell" blazes along to open the album while the band goes a bit spacey with "SOS" and "Interstellar." "Witchfinder" and "Voo Doo Master" are just plain slow and crushing. Lost in Hell is full of excellent riffs lined up one after another. The bonus tracks aren't quite up to the level of the original 12 songs, but aren't bad either.

This is a lost gem that is seeing the light of day once again. I can understand how, in 1999, Lost in Hell didn't get much recognition and I am thankful Pure Steel Records have given it another chance. Heavy Metal that doesn't sound like everything else is always welcome, especially when done this well. Highly Recommended.

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