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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Constellations (11:08)
2. Close to the New World (7:49)
3. Zodiac (7:19)
4. Poëts (4:46)
5. Feelin' Blue (8:41)
6. For You and I (6:37)
7. The Game (6:15)

CD bonus tracks:
8. Questions (Remaster from Aquarius) (6:03)
9. Aquarius (Seeding the Future) (Remaster from Aquarius) (5:35)

Total Time 64:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Ruud Dielen / guitars, bass, synthesizers, programming, composer, performer and producer

- Oscar Anema / vocals, Lyrics (1,2,3,5,7)
- Frans Verouden / vocals (4)
- Ab Boot / Fretless bass (5)
- André van de Ven / sax (1)

Releases information

Format: CD, Digital
November 15, 2019
Mastering: Oscar Holleman
Artwork: Ed Unitsky

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Review by TCat
3 stars Glorious Wolf is a project of guitarist Ruud Dielen who released the first album under this moniker in 2017. In November of 2019, his new album "Zodiac" will be released in physical form, though it is now already available on Bandcamp. This album features Dielen performing all of the instruments except for a few guests. Also, where his first album was all instrumental, this album features vocals and lyrics(co-written by Dielen) by Oscar Anema on 5 of the 7 tracks. The regular album has 7 tracks with a total run time of over 50 minutes, but there are also 2 bonus tracks included which are tracks remastered from the debut album.

The album begins with the track "Constellations" (11:08) which features Anema's vocals and a tenor sax from Andre van de Ven along with all other instrumentation performed by Dielen. The song is inspired by the energy we receive from the stars, specifically, the stars in the Zodiac and Ursa Major. The music starts with a nice, expansive sound created by synths and repetitive bass playing in a spacious and atmospheric style. After 2 minutes, a rhythm is established by the guitar and drums, and vocals begin at 3 minutes. The feel has the expansive feel of Pink Floyd, even when it begins to get more intense later with heavier guitars. The Floydian inspiration is very apparent, and though it is very nice, some of the efforts to sound just like PF are forced. The vocals are a bit questionable, veering off key a few times, and not expressive enough. The sax comes in around the 8 minute mark after the vocals end and the music continues along with a moderately slow PF style. The guitar later replaces the sax with a solo that is a bit harsh sounding for the musical style. Vocals return in the last minute of the track.

"Close to the New World" (7:49) has a softer tone and a slow, more minimal beat. The vocals are more melodic and stay in a higher range, but seem a bit unsure and tend to be "wobbly". There is a very nice acoustic guitar section that suddenly erupts into heavy guitars, synths and a much faster tempo. When the vocals come back, they have increased in passion, but haven't really increased in quality. The instrumentation is quite good, and there are some great passages, but it does, at times, seem pasted together, not really flowing as smoothly as it could, however, I enjoy the instrumental passages much more than the vocal sections. "Zodiac" (7:19) moves to a linear feel, reaching for a King Crimson style, but it all has a kind of clunky feel to it. Again, the instrumentation is the most enjoyable thing about the track. Again, I hear the good intentions here, but it just doesn't flow very well

"Poets" (4:46) begins with a lovely acoustic guitar solo. It features a different vocalist, Frans Verouden. However, the vocals are still questionable and lack feeling, while the lyrics are a bit strange. The vocal melody doesn't really match the instrumentation, and once again, this would have been better off without vocals. "Feelin' Blue" uses synths to create a symphonic feel in the beginning, and then the guitar plays a slow blues-inspired melody with the smooth feel of sustained synths backing it up. The track continues in the slow, blues style which goes on a bit too long and is again ruined by the vocals. "For You and I" (6:37) is an instrumental. This is the best track on the album, nice and expansive, mostly led by the guitars. The tempo picks up later to a moderate beat, and the guitar continues to take the lead with a beautiful, melodic line. After 4 minutes, a high pitched synth takes over the melody and continues in the same moderate tempo. The guitar takes over again later. It's a great instrumental track with some excellent guitar work.

"The Game" (6:15) is a heavier track, a bit harsher, with lyrics that deal with social media and world leaders. The vocals are low and more spoken at first, becoming more melodic later, almost sounding like Mark Knoppfler, but not really pulling it off well. Again, the vocals are quite distracting and take away from everything else that is going on in the track. After this, there are the two remastered tracks from the first album; "Questions" (6:03) and "Aquarius" (5:35). Both of these are instrumental and, because of that, are pretty good, but are both available on the debut album.

I can't help but think that this album would have been much better without the vocals, and feel that the concentration needs to be more on instrumental tracks. Though there are some rough spots even with the instrumental sections, it is still much better than being distracted by the not-so-great vocals. The music is full of great intentions and ideas, and it would have been more enjoyable if these sections would have been able to stand out more without being bogged down by the vocals and the lyrics. Since this album focuses on lyrics to a great extent, it draws the album down. Some listeners might also find that the projects obvious attempt to copy Pink Floyd in the first track could be unacceptable, there is still an impressive amount of musicianship in the instrumental parts that tend to unfortunately get buried in the lyrics. It's good, but unfortunately not great. Hopefully the criticism in this review will be taken as being constructive, because there is a lot of great intentions here that do shine through, but allowing the music to come out without questionable vocals and lyrics would definitely improve the overall experience.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
3 stars This album "Zodiac" has seen the light in November, 2019, as a Dutch one-man project GLORIOUS WOLF founded by a multi- instrumentalist / composer / producer Ruud DIELEN. His previous opus is quite good, and this stuff again caught me with his deep, heavy sound basis and pop flavour all around. Quite clear melodic lines and thrilling rhythmic appearances are his taste, that sounds like he would give every progressive rock (especially art rock) fan sorta verdict for delightful, acceptable soundscape ... at least for me. This musical fact would be condensed in the prologue "Condtellations" let me say. The first gorgeous texture is beyond expression, and in the middle part energetic guitar explosions and saxophone pacesetters apparently seasoned with mainstream-y hints are tasty.

In the following track "Close To The New World" we can hear beautiful acoustic vibes, catchy phrases like 70s authentic rock, and simultaneously complicated seriousness launched via his dark guitar and deep rhythmic lines. The titled track, one of my faves, reminds me of something dramatic like Genesis in Peter Era. The latter complex melodic diversity and synchronicity should ring my bell ... as if my mental condition would be reflected in a mirror. "Feelin' Blue" sounds like an Enka aka Japanese folk song, filled with bluesy melodic lines, sorrowful instrumental cry, and depressive voices. Why knocking oriental peoples' mind? In the epilogue we can touch powerful guitar and voices showing bright hope and dream in the future.

In conclusion, this second album is heavy like a sumo wrestler but charming like his smiley appearance. No tremendous novelty nor kicking impression is there but his production and remixing are great really. Let me say thanks to Ruud for providing such an enjoyable creation. My love.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Reaching for Transcendence Dreamy, Sardonic Wistfulness In this sophomore release from RUUD DIELEN's one-man studio project, "Glorious Wolf", he really pulled out the stops to produce a crystalline, pure sounding album, utilizing several vocalists, and collaborating with OSCAR ANEMA. One ... (read more)

Report this review (#2283910) | Posted by Steve Conrad | Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I would like to start this review about Dutch musician Ruud Dielen (the man behind Glorious Wolf) his second album with a short biography. Ruud has a long history with cover bands , playing songs from Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Toto and Genesis. After many years touring in the m ... (read more)

Report this review (#2282238) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Monday, November 18, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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