POWERWOLF - Blessed & Possessed

Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed

11 songs
45:42 minutes
***** ***


German power metal institution Powerwolf are back with their sixth album Blessed & Possessed, as usual per their habitual two year rhythm. The band’s previous record Preachers Of The Night from 2013 was their most successful yet, and its successor, which follows in the same direction, has good chances to build on that success.

As with past Powerwolf albums, it all begins with liturgical chant, before the unmistakable eccentric voice of Attila Dorn takes over. The songs are quite fast paced, making me wonder how the vocalist is not losing his breath. Especially during the higher parts, he is able to convey a festive atmosphere that will give you goosebumps. Armada Strigoi and Higher Than Heaven are two prime examples of how to combine drama with metal. The rousing Christ & Combat is another of the album’s strong moments. Powerwolf can act also in a straighter way, as shown on the very catchy We Are The Wild. I urge you to listen to the album until is very end, as the epic closer Let There Be Night is a grand way to end the CD, even though the last two minutes of thunderstorm sounds feels a bit like artificially stretching the album’s length.

It is obvious that Powerwolf haven’t reinvented themselves, and frankly, why should they? The band is still performing on a very high level, just as they have been doing for quite some time now. This review may be a little on the short side, as there is not much new to tell about the band. Powerwolf fans will definitely not be disappointed.

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