Hounds of Perdition - Wolfhorde
- Release date:
- January 11, 2019
- Inverse Records
All good times three!
Wolfhorde manages to impress, again. Their second album is just as excellent as their debut, so the cliché of the "difficult second album", would prove not to fit this time. Therefore, one can only be curious as to how their next album then becomes: if they manage to keep the standard, or if it goes completely in the stand of the Finnish wolf pack.
And what will you be when you become big?
Finland is not a country that even lacks metal bands or metal artists – it almost seems that it is an approved course of study. Wolfhorde is another, and the Hounds of Perdition is their second album. Finnish metal is often characterized by to be one or the other form of dødsvariant, and often there is a hyperactive keyboardist in the background, which he sees as the foreground. Wolfhorde live totally and utterly up to the stereotypical expectations one might have for Finnish metal. Where they however stand out from the rest of the flock of Finnish heavy metal bands are playing significantly slower, and their focus is more on the bass, drum and keyboard than guitar. But is a shifted the focus enough to be able to fight back in a jumble of bands? It meant we are back in 2016, when we notified the commission of their debut, Towards the Gate of the North, but there is a cliché about two.
Symphonic-folk-black'n'roll... Oh my!
One of the first things you notice is that the album's seven songs is actually (relatively) varied. We get both the blunt hard rock, cheerful folk, bone-crushing blastbeats, guitar solos taken out of the '80's, beautiful song as well as scream and skrålen. So Wolfhorde evidence on the album that they are talented musicians, but also talented songwriters who manages to mix a lot of different elements, without it sounding messy or decidedly bad. The best example of their abilities is enough nummert "Forged in Ice", which is simply a musical gavebod, a true cornucopia.
These many elements make that it is hard to put Wolfhorde down in a single genrekasse, as they are a bit all over the place. But the dominant elements make however, is that we're in a sort of symphonic-folk-black'n'roll – which in itself is something of a messy place. In each of the tracks sounds the also almost as if they are going to interpret Mötley Crüe, for example, "Kill the Light" and the title track "Hounds of Perdition". Two numbers that the album really well could be in addition, but then it had of course been an EP and not an album. But perhaps it had been better, as we had been sitting with a "no filler; all killer"-situation, which is true, had been far better.
For the remaining five numbers are actually all quite good, and Wolfhorde manages actually to low numbers, that stick in the memory at the same time, they both manage to seem familiar, but nevertheless, customize unique that they stand out. So hats off for that!
>> Check the songs and lyrics here