Metal Review – Death Wolf – Death Wolf (2011)

Death Wolf is the Horror/Death Rock project formerly known as Devils Whorehouse and spearheaded by Marduk guitarist Morgan HÃ¥kansson. I was able to get my hands on their debut CD from their PR firm and I am glad that I did. Obviously, Death Wolf is much different than Marduk, and being as though I am a Horror Rock / Horror Metal fan, this is something that would be right in my wheelhouse.

The release of Death Wolf’s self titled debut has been set for May 27, 2011 though Blooddawn Productions/Regain Records.

The band explains on their Facebook page that the reason for the name change was that they “felt it’s time to change the name as the music and philosophy behind the orchestra has outgrown its name.”

On to the album itself now. The vocals are very Glen Danzig-inspired and the musicianship is very tight and clean. The songs are very fun indeed and are very distinct for the most part. The album starts off with a fast, Punk fueled Circle of Abomination. This song is in hyperspeed and is loaded with many Punk styled riffs. The breakdown section of the song does have some Marduk inspiration thrown into it, but not much else from this release would make you think about Marduk.

Weaving Death has a very classic Punk Rock sound to it with Punk vocals to match. Another track that I enjoy is Morning Czar Shineth. The opening gives off a dark, brooding atmosphere with some heavy basslines. Another slow, evil track would be Iron Wood. It has a nice pace throughout the song.