METAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!! I wanted to leave this as the review, but people just won’t let me, so let’s see what else I can write… Sweden always has been a very good breeding ground for Metal of any kind and WOLF have been in the spearhead of traditional Metal in their country and that will not change with their fourth album, "The Black Flame", quite the contrary!
The four Swedes from Örebro still forge best Heavy Metal wholly in the style of the Eighties and could not care less that their lyrics are drenched in Metal clichés, no, they fully enjoy it and combine it with great, super catchy songs. In the course of the years Niklas Stålvind’s voice has turned into a true trademark of the WOLF sound, quite high, but with character he leaves his mark on the songs and who has a problem with high voices, well, you’ll won’t like WOLF either, in any way it really fits the music!
And the music has tons of power, as well as dynamics and energy, so that your head will start to move almost automatically. Opener "I Will Kill Again" will stay stuck to your memory for days, at least happened to me, "Black Magic" is another fast hammer and "The Bite" stomps through your speakers with quite some force. The riff of "Make Friends With Your Nightmares" has a certain “Munsters“ horror movie feeling, only the chorus doesn’t really fit, but fast "The Dead" and super catchy "Seize The Night" more than make up for it! And "Steelwinged Savage Reaper" almost has arena potential, while the closing "Children Of The Black Flame" has a great MERCYFUL DIAMOND-like flair.
The music is pure 80s, but the production has Studio Fredman gloss and is the perfect vehicle to transport the power, while Niklas' voice might not be classically trained, but has more character than most of his colleagues, which can be found in the Metal genre, so he has true memorability.
"The Black Flame" is a healthy recommendation to all who like it traditional and do not have any problems with clichés! (Online October 14, 2006)