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Wolverine

 

Progressive Metal

3.54 | 75 ratings

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The T
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3 stars It's been a while since I last reviewed an album. Let's try it again with a new format for this non-5-stars albums (with those I will still do the track-by-track).

WOLVERINE: This is a progressive-rock/metal band, with not so much metal in their music so that they can't be truly compared with the usual names in the genre (Dream Theater, Symphony X, Fates Warning). Their style has a little, just a little bit of Queensryche, just a hint (a HINT) of Fates Warning, an extra two-hairs of Riverside, but the band that they remember me the most is another not-so-famous one: Poverty's No Crime. Wolverine's sounds a lot like that German band, with rather traditional song structures and lengths, not many long solos, and more traditional chords instead of the usual metal ones. Of course, their metallic side is evident but to me it is so only because of the distortion of the guitars, that's the only metal-element present in Wolverine's music, which lacks traditional metal riffing or other common elements of the sub-genre (like pounding double-bass drums or extra speed). For me, in my humble opinion, this is traditional rock music but "metallized" through effects like distortion and heavy singing. The singer is very capable, and not overly metallic. He may sound like Geoff Tate at times, but mostly Tate at his least metal. There are moments where this singer even reminds me of Elton.

WHAT I LIKE: I like the music, in general. It's very easy to listen to, it could be liked even for those who don't swallow metal too easily, as the metal elements are not that important here. In particular, the first song is my favorite, the only one that truly stands out. The bad has a lot of energy and some creative ideas, and in this first song all of that is evident, with a great chorus and a good, emotional structure.

WHAT I DON'T LIKE: The music gets too repetitive after the first track. As I said, that one is really catchy and intense, but the rest are all too similar, there are no elements that make any of them stand out from the rest. As I already mentioned, this band sounds a lot like Poverty's No Crime, but without the ability to write great songs. Because, in the end, if the music is not that complex nor virtuosic nor incredibly "prog", we should always get at least great, entertaining songs, and, sadly, we only got one of those. The rest of the tracks are not BAD, they're just too.generic?

All in all, a decent album, with some hints of greatness, but without anything that really makes it stand out of the lot. Maybe the style itself is the most original part: metal that really isn't metal but metallized heavy rock. But I've heard this before anyway. I'll give the album a 3, because the music is enjoyable and good, but nothing spectacular.

Recommended for: Fans of prog-metal that don't need too much metal in their music; fans of Poverty's No Crime, fans of melodic, if somewhat generic rock music.

Not recommended for: people that want some truly original music.

. or maybe it IS original, because it doesn't try to sound original to the point of getting intellectually annoying.

Give the album a try. Maybe you'll like it more than me.

The T | 3/5 |

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