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POWERWOLF - The Sacrament of Sin
(Napalm Records, 20 Jul 2018)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 12 Oct 2018
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Anyone who's been watching Powerwolf's rise to fame won't be surprised they are where they are. Having found their own niche within the poppy bombastic heavy/power metal field, the band caught attention of both fans and press and are one of the very few acts than can actually see their efforts get paid off, which in turn allows them to produce bigger and better shows and film professional video clips. The team seem to have approached the song-writing process for the new album with the same mindset again, which was "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", as the material on "The Sacrament of Sin" is not different to what we've heard on the previous releases. The opening tracks "Fire & Forgive" (fast) and "Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend" (mid-paced) with their big choruses rank among the strongest ones in the set and some of the songs, like "Incense and Iron" or "Venom of Venus" would fit well on a Sabaton album, as the styles of those two acts are sometimes quite similar, the main differences being church organs, heavily utilised by Powerwolf and the lyrical subjects, which is tongue-in-cheek approach to religions and demonology in the German combo's case. Powerwolf have always been very consistent in their studio output and so "The Sacrament of Sin" is in fact nothing more than another chapter in their story. If you've been a fan of theirs before, the new album will bring you real pleasure upon the first listen, but if what they're doing is not your cup of tea, it won't make you convert. Finally, for those who have not heard Powerwolf's music before and would like to give it a try, "The Sacrament of Sin" is as good a place to start as any other of their releases. It's catchy, it's well produced, it's Powerwolf.
Rating: 8.5

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

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Tags: Powerwolf, power metal, heavy metal, The Sacrament of Sin
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