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Hour of the Wolf - Power of the Wolf (Cover Artwork)

Hour of the Wolf

Hour of the Wolf: Power of the WolfPower of the Wolf (2006)
Limekiln

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For the most part, I'm alright with bands who are heavily styled after the Misfits. Let's be honest, there's about a million worse bands that could be emulated and while they're by no means my favorite, I respect their career and enjoy a decent amount of the catalog. The same could very easily be.
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For the most part, I'm alright with bands who are heavily styled after the Misfits. Let's be honest, there's about a million worse bands that could be emulated and while they're by no means my favorite, I respect their career and enjoy a decent amount of the catalog.

The same could very easily be said for Hour of the Wolf. The eight songs that make up Power of the Wolf work because the vocals are very Danzig-esque. Part theatrical grandeur and part scruffy punk rock, HOTW's vocals has firm command at all times, turning on the utmost in intensity when the right part of the song calls for it. The other thing that makes it work is that while the Danzig emulation is undeniable, there is no Danzig dependency. Some aspects of his trademark style are used, and some are incorporated with a bit more of a ferocious sound than the Misfits ever really tinkered with.

"Black Blood Transfusion" mikes dark imagery with a combination of punk rock and `50s rock â??n' roll that you truly don't see too much. The father of rock â??n' roll himself Chuck Berry has his fingerprints all over this record, from the toe-tapping rhythms to the very sound of the guitar. It's "Maybelline" mixed with "Last Caress" and the result could not have worked any better. A punk band at heart, they may not be pre-disposed to the most complex song structures possible, but there's truly a lot to impress. Turning the aggression to eleven on "Turn to You," the four-piece mixes some great soloing with the most in-your-face and attention grabbing vocals on the entire album. Short and sweet, they pack a lot of punch into a little time, leaving no one a chance to become disinterested.

Every element of this record shows a band as cohesive as they are talented. The rousing vocals are matched only by the stellar guitar work -- the true prize of this record. Behind every well-delivered line or strong image, there's a blistering riff to push the envelope just that much farther. Behind every rolling drum fill, there's a solo to set the song on fire. Play on playas, play on.

 

 
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dsquared (April 18, 2008)

The newest EP (Waste Makes Waste) takes the vocals further away from a danzig howl - but is it ever great! Once this band gets a decent catalogue under their belts they could easily lead the melodic hardcore pack.

Inspection12e (January 19, 2007)

"Limekiln Recs seem to be birthing a few good bands."

Correct.

Anonymous (January 17, 2007)

I'd like to have a power hour with a wolf. I'd drink it under the table.

Anchors (January 16, 2007)

Posted by killdefenses on 2007-01-16 01:23:35
a little late here?


We put 20 new reviews up per week. There's a lottttt more than 20 bands a week who release new albums. So stuff like this may not see the light of day as soon as it's released.

Anonymous (January 16, 2007)

Great EP.

I just bought this from the label about a month ago and havent stopped listening since.

I see they have a new EP out on Think Fast Records in the Spring.

Limekiln Recs seem to be birthing a few good bands.

red_eye_inc (January 16, 2007)

I haven't heard these guys, but they need to be given some kind of award for their album cover.

feeeding5000 (January 16, 2007)

Pretty good, but most bands that are heavily influenced by the Misfits just redo the whole shtick over and over again.

LMChc (January 16, 2007)

to the comment below: chuck berry wasn't rockabilly.

wallofyouth (January 16, 2007)

"a combination of punk rock and `50s rock â??nâ?? roll that you truly donâ??t see too much"

isn't that sorta like a rockabilly/psychobilly thing?

salsashark (January 16, 2007)

I really, really want to listen to this record.

killdefenses (January 16, 2007)

a little late here?

their new EP's coming out in april. its amaizng. word.

Ollywood (January 16, 2007)

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