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Country of origin: Sweden
Founded: 1995
Status: Active
Official homepage: Wolf

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Band History - Wolf (Online July 2004)

Wolf

1995

Niklas A Olsson (vocals, lead guitar) and Mikael Goding (bass) run into each other at a local bar in the Swedish town of Örebro and begin to chat about Heavy Metal. After a few pints they decide to start a band. Some Heavy Metal demos later, in 1997, Daniel Bergkvist (drums) joins the band like a wicked saviour. Niklas and Mikael both played heavy 70’s influenced Metal before joining forces in WOLF. Bands like PROWLER and TENGIL to name but a few. Daniel bashed the drums in Death Metallers TEESHIRT and Punk Metal sensation THE KILLERS.

 

Mikael puts it this way: “We’ve been friends since we were kids and just felt one day that we wanted to do something together. Since we all grew up listening to early 80’s Metal it felt like the most natural thing to do. The only way at the time to get to hear real Metal was to play it ourselves, so we decided to quit the bands we were in at the moment and WOLF was born.”


1997/98

At the fist rehearsal with Dale the power trio writes “In The Shadow Of Steel” and the band finally finds the sound they’ve been looking for all along. WOLF starts to play clubs all over Sweden. The band re-records “In The Shadow…” for a single’s release. Unfortunately the single never makes it to the stores, but it is heard by the guys at No Fashion/House of Kicks that go absolutely mad.

 

Wolf1999

WOLF signs to No Fashion Records and records the debut album “Wolf” in the Abyss studio with Peter Tägtgren. ”To work with Peter was a blast all the way. He is so professional and great to deal with it’s unbelievable. The whole atmosphere is so laid back but yet effective. We can’t even imagine how the record would’ve sounded if we’ve done it someplace else. Abyss and Peter were perfect for us and for what we wanted to do with the album. He understood us all the way, listened to our wishes and realized them with improvements. Fabulous.” The band spends the autumn and winter of 99’ doing promotional work and club gigs.

 

2000

The debut album is released in April. It knocks the socks of the European music critics and gets high ratings in all major Metal magazines such as Rock Hard and Terrorizer. Unfortunately the album cover, created by Sweden’s famous artist Hans Arnold, is causing the same critics nausea. The band hits the road as a warm-up for Germanys EDGUY. To create the album’s mean twin guitar sound on stage WOLF recruits the local Thrash Metal legend Johan Bülow as a second guitar player. With the arrival of Johan, WOLF finally feels complete and the band is boosted with confidence.

 

The tour is a major success. Merchandise sales are shooting through the roof and the band spends their money on burgers, odd vinyl singles and pinball. WOLF continues to play Scandinavian festivals and club gigs throughout the year. WOLF wins the “Debut of the year” award on Swedish Metal radio show – GRUVAN. Voted before their friends in THE HAUNTED, amongst others.

 

2001

The year takes off in a splendid way with WOLF recording their first video of the debut album. “Moonlight” is aired on national television April 3rd and is an instant smash hit at Sweden’s weekly music show Voxpop entering at number 4. The song proves to be very popular and the video remains at the top all the way to the shows season final. No Fashion releases the single “Moonlight” to follow up on the video success.

 

WOLF starts writing songs for the follow up album and in June they enter the Abyss studio once again. This time with Peter not only engineering but also producing the entire album. A fact that made the work a lot easier for the wolves. “Instead of hanging around the studio driving each other mad, we could split up to go home or take the day off to do something else”, the wolves recalled. “There wasn’t this constant pressure, like with the last album, this time we felt really confident and pleased with leaving a lot of responsibility to Peter.” “He is really a good member of the WOLF-family. He understands everything we say, we might be really far out there but he listens to us, laugh at us, or kick our butts when he needs to. We enjoyed recording this album very much and are very very satisfied with the result.”

 

WOLF releases their new homepage – www.wolf.nu. It instantly wins the Swedish magazine Meny’s “best band site” award. Wolf goes on tour in Scandinavia. Success. WOLF asks legendary artist Thomas Holm (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) to do the new album cover. To everyone’s delight, Thomas agrees and comes up with a painting soaked with evil. A magnificent result. “Since we first laid our eyes upon “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” we’ve been fascinated by their mysticism and wickedness. They just scare you, don’t they? The fact that Thomas was so thrilled about doing our cover just blew us away. A dream coming true.” Johan decides to leave the band. He is replaced by mighty axeman Johannes Losbaeck.

 

Wolf2002

No Fashion Records releases WOLF’s second album “Black Wings”. The album is an instant Heavy Metal smash hit and receives massive scores in Metal magazines all over the world. 10 out of 10 and album of the year in Rock Hard, 9,5 out of 10 in Metal Heart, 5 out of 5 in SVP, 6 out of 7 in Hammer, and the list just goes on and on. The album goes on licence in South America and Russia. Not Japan, which seems really odd. What are they doing over there? No one knows …

 

WOLF turns Wacken Open Air into a battlezone of true old school Metal, as with the mighty Sweden Rock Festival. Things look good. Then all of a sudden second guitarist Johannes Losbaeck leaves the band to focus on his own project. WOLF recruits Peter Henriksson as the new live axeman and spends the fall and winter doing a short tour and writing material for the third album.

 

2003

The year starts of in a smashing way when WOLF is asked to support SAXON on their European crusade – The Heavy Metal Thunder Tour. The tour is to WOLF what Christmas is to little kids and it is, obviously, a huge success for all parties. WOLF gets to see SAXON 10 times for free and the chance to play packed venues with raving mad Metal fans every night.

 

Dale signs sponsor deals with ProMark, Paiste and Premier and is slowly turning into Nicko McBrain.

WOLF is invited to play at the “BW&BK Six Pack Weekend” in Cleveland USA. A wicked good concert is performed and WOLF can’t believe the support and appreciation they receive from the American crowd.

 

WOLF enters The Abyss studio with Peter Tägtgren in July and starts recording the third album. In late July the recording is finished. The third album is entitled “Evil Star” and presents a new side to WOLF; the eastern European á la -81 side. Its simply old school Metal at it’s best. The production is once again a Peter Tägtgren masterpiece. In august, WOLF plays the new Swedish Metal festival “Gates Of Metal”. Dale can’t hold back any longer and finishes the set by thrashing the drum kit. A much appreciated performance.


Current Line-Up:
Niklas A. Olsson – Lead Guitars & Vocals
Mikael Goding – Bass
Dale Bergkvist – Drums
Johannes Losbäck – Guitar


Previous members:
Johan Bülow – Guitars (on “Black Wings” & “Night Stalker”
Henrik Johansson – Guitars (on “Wolf”)
Petter Dennevi – Drums (on ”Demo I” & ”Demo II”)
Mikael Jansson – Bass (on ”Demo II”)

Discography:

The Black Flame

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars
Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums

 "The Metal Observer" Review

 

2006 "The Black Flame" - Century Media

Total playing time: 47:33
  1. I Will Kill Again >mp3
  2. At The Graveyard
  3. Black Magic
  4. The Bite
  5. Make Friends With Your Nightmares
  6. Demon
  7. The Dead
  8. Seize The Night
  9. Steelwinged Savage Reaper
  10. Children Of The Black Flame

 

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Wolf's Blood

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars

Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums


2004 "Wolf's Blood (MCD)" - MNW/No Fashion

Total playing time: 3:54

 

  1. Wolf’s Blood

 

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Evil Star

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars
Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums

 "The Metal Observer" Review

 

2004 "Evil Star" - Massacre Records

Total playing time: 57:28
  1. Evil Star >mp3
  2. American Storm
  3. The Avenger
  4. Wolf’s Blood
  5. Transylvanian Twilight
  6. Devil Moon
  7. Out Of Still Midnight
  8. The Dark
  9. Black Wing Rider >mp3
  10. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
  11. Die By The Sword (Bonus)
  12. I’m Not Afraid Of Life (Bonus)

 

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Night Stalker (7”)

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars
Johan Bulow – Guitars

Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums

2002 "Night Stalker (7")" - No Fashion Records

Total playing time: 44:22
  1. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  2. You
  3. Power Of The Heart
  4. Rien Ne Va Plus
  5. Close To You
  6. Confession
  7. Painted Skies Behind The Borderline
  8. Children Of Illusion
 
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Black Wings

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars
Johan Bulow – Guitars
Mikael Goding – Bass
Daniel Bergkvist – Drums


 "The Metal Observer" Review

2001 "Black Wings" - No Fashion Records

Total playing time: 44:20
  1. Night Stalker
  2. Demon Bell
  3. I Am The Devil
  4. Venom
  5. A World Bewitched
  6. The Curse
  7. Unholy Night
  8. Genocide
  9. A Dangerous Meeting

 

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Moonlight (MCD/MLP)

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars

Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums


2001 "Moonlight (MCD/MLP)" - No Fashion Records

Total playing time: 14:39

  1. Moonlight (Radio Edit)
  2. The Parasite
  3. Moonlight
  4. Electric Raga
  5. Moonlight (mpeg Video)
 
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Wolf (CD/LP)

Niklas Olsson Vocals & Guitars

Henrik Johansson – Guitars
Mikael Goding – Bass
Daniel Bergkvist
Drums


 "The Metal Observer" Review

2000 "Wolf (CD/LP)" - No Fashion Records

Total playing time: 39:50
  1. In The Shadow Of Steel
  2. Moonlight
  3. The Parasite
  4. Electric Raga
  5. The Voyage
  6. Desert Caravan
  7. The Sentinel
  8. 243

 

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The Howling Scares Me To Death (EP)

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars

Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums


1999 "The Howling scares Me To Death (EP)" - Beast Records

Total playing time: n/a

  1. Demon
  2. The Howling

 

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In The Shadow Of Steel (EP)

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitars

Mikael Goding – Bass

Daniel Bergkvist – Drums


1999 "In The Shadow Of Steel (EP)" - Beast Records

Total playing time: n/a

  1. In The Shadow Of Steel
  2. Electric Rage
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Demo II

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitar

Mikael Jansson – Bass

Petter Dennevi – Drums

1996 "Demo II" - Independent

Total playing time: 12:00

  1. The Hills Have Eyes
  2. Hell Is For Children

 

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Demo I

Niklas Olsson – Vocals & Guitar

Mikael Jansson – Bass

Petter Dennevi – Drums


1995 "Demo I" - Independent

Total playing time: 9:00
  1. Devil Eyes
  2. Damnation

 



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