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Werwolf (Werewolf Art Rock)

 

Prog Folk

3.14 | 31 ratings

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kenethlevine
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Prog-Folk Team
3 stars This review is based on the CD reissue with 3 long bonus tracks.

While folk influences are not hard to find in the Werwolf sound, I would classify this CD as far closer to symphonic prog than folk prog, but no matter, because it is entertaining, even if it lacks a bit of staying power and many of its ideas and methods easily go back 10 years.

Closest points of comparison might be countrymen Ramses and even Novalis, although Werwolf is more energetic than Novalis. Organs and melodic lead guitar lines dominate. But then we have the voice of Gitta Loewenstein, so that, particularly in the excellent "The Eighth Day", I can't help thinking of the 1970s Dutch band "Earth and Fire", which is definitely a compliment. The other highlight from the original LP is "Land of the Flying Pigs", which would suggest a Pink Floyd disposition, except I don't really get that sense, especially given the general idealism of the silly lyrics. Regardless, musically this track is engaging through its entire length.

The bonus tracks are all interesting and, while extended, generally do not bog down, especially "My Story", which is reminiscent of Sandrose in the vocal department and features saxes and flute and even some male spoken parts, and "The Dreamer", which starts heavily and becomes spacier. It is notable for mixed male and female vocals, more wind instruments and even a Ramses like organ solo backed by military styled drums which builds to a crescendo.

This is really 3.5 stars, rounded down because, although Werwolf has produced a progressive rock work of note, I do not find myself reaching for it a whole lot. It's a nice but non-essential creation.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |

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