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3.81 | 69 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Bedlam Overture (14:37)
2. Machina (5:13)
3. Pile of Ash (ES335 version) (4:17)
4. Our Last Goodbye (7:41)
5. Pledge (7:48)
6. When the Night Comes (7:42)
7. Nemesis (9:17)
8. Sheds (6:44)
9. Pile of Ash (cello version) (5:01) *

Total Time 68:20

* bonus track

Line-up / Musicians

- Per Henriksson / keyboards, synths
- Thomas Jansson / bass, fretless bass
- Marcus Losbjer / drums, electronic percussion
- Jonas Jonsson / acoustic & electric guitars
- Stefan Zell / lead & backing vocals

- Jonas Eklund / French horn
- Stefan Moberg / cello
- Mikael Hessler / congas
- Saskia Wickihalder Pettersson / vocals
- Per Broddesson / guitar solo (1)

Releases information

Label: Sensory Records
Format: CD, Digital
July 8, 2016

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WOLVERINE Machina Viva ratings distribution

(69 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars I wasn't aware of their previous material initially, but ultimately being impressed took the chance to receive a feeling concerning the already highly acclaimed 'Communication Lost' from 2011 too. They are appointed as a prog metal act in general, hence one or two might be irritated when listening to 'Machina Viva'. And this at least applies to the forerunner in the same way. WOLVERINE have become solid, well-behaved, are standing on relatively smooth melodic songs, somewhat in the vein of the later Pain Of Salvation and Opeth.

I mean, it is said, 20 years ago they have started as a death metal band! That noted, it doesn't matter to me though, this new songs are just what I want to hear. Headed by Stefan Zell's remarkable vocal presence they have developed some top-notch mid-tempo compositions for this album, really captivating the more I'm listening. 'Take a moment now, time to make a choice' - a wonderful relaxed start is happening with the extended suite The Bedlam Overture, though gliding over into a heavier behaviour soon.

In between Thomas Jansson changes to the fretless bass, there are some guest appearances to state, like a guitar solo from former member Per Broddesson, or just take Jonas Eklund's careful french horn. Overall a track which deserves the label perfect. Provided with some electronic drum loops Machina then is born to let us sing along, where the heart-breaking melancholic Pile Of Ash will lead into a very mellow direction, solely showing new guitarist Jonas Jonsson and Stefan Zell on the imaginary stage.

The impression is completely rounded, also including Marcus Losbjer's solid drum work and Per Henriksson, who pulls out all the stops with his mostly subtle keyboard input. Additionally cellist Stefan Moberg is in play again. WOLVERINE definitely have entered the ranks of my 2016 prog award acts. Mixed at Spacelab Studio in Germany by the way, 'Machina Viva' is an excellent album consisting of atmospheric songs, more tending to heavy art rock than metal, besides the already aforementioned bands also akin to Dropshard, Ulysses, Fates Warning.

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5 stars This is album of the year for me. For those of you who haven't heard of Wolverine, they're a prog rock/metal band from Sweden who create moody music in the style of bands like Riverside, Porcupine Tree, Votum, Katatonia, etc. They've been going for quite a while now and I originally discovered ... (read more)

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