|Review: Grand Magus - Wolf's Return|
Label: Rise Above Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: December 9, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Rated 3.77/5 (75.45%) (22 Votes)
Well there you go… yet another killer album from Sweden. Grand Magus are supposed to be a doom metal band, and by most accounts they still are. But "Wolf's Return" takes the traditional heavy metal boys out there for a good schooling! It is just brilliant how a band can flawlessly mix Sabbath and Candlemass with Maiden and Manowar. So as you might have guessed, this album is entirely about breathtaking vocals and the mighty, mighty riff.
Album opener "Kingslayer" is likely the greatest song I have heard this year - just pure heavy metal driven by a monstrous riff and a dazzling vocal performance. As the album progresses, we start getting more and more into doom territory with quite a bit of Candlemass influences cropping up in there. With lyrical themes mostly focusing on Scandinavian mythology and of course – battles, "Wolf's Return" has a way of grabbing the listener and dragging you onto the battlefield to slay all that stand in Magus' way!
Not much else to comment here aside from the fact that this is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year - catchy, ballsy and storming metal that will take most metalheads out there for ride they don't want to miss. This one's going to have its way with you so be prepared.
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