Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, July 3, 2015

Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed

Powerwolf have long been something of a guilty pleasure of mine. Their anthemic choruses and over the top songs always captured my imagination. The moment they break into their first legendary cry of "Hallelujah" on their latest offering, the almighty Blessed & Possessed you know that you're in for a good time. This is power metal at the highest possible level - clearly meant for festivals yet destined to leave you pumping your fist with a giant smile on your face. Yeah Powerwolf are silly and at times kinda stupid - but that's the point - the beautiful fucking point.

With each album Powerwolf seem to only improve as songwriters. These tracks are tasty - never overtly alienating or cerebral but instead at times borderline poppy. The way the songs are put together seems engineered for maximum cheese, and it is glorious. With more than its fair share of huge choruses and corny synthesizer lines you find yourself falling ever deeper in love with the over the top poetry that defines the bands sound. Powerwolf are masters of their craft unleashing blazing solos and chunky riffs one after another to get the kind of aural triumph that far too few of their peers would even bother to emulate.

Powerwolf fill a crucial void in the modern power metal scene. Self aware but gleefully brash you find yourself holding on for dear life as Powerwolf carry you through a majestic musical journey. Don't try to take this record seriously, outside of perhaps a songwriting perspective (Let me emphasize - the songwriting here is truly world class) but instead let the music capture your imagination and let you raise your fist. This is power metal for the true believers, go forth into the pit and spread the word, Powerwolf are here to bless and possess you.

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