‘’Wolf’s Return’’ the third album from GRAND MAGUS is Heavy Metal as is should be played. Combining SABBATH, MANOWAR and CANDLEMASS GRAND MAGUS deliver in just under forty minutes what real men listen to in the morning after they wake up from slaughtering infidels on the battle field. Lead singer and guitarist JB bellows louder than a klaxon horn in the still of the night. This man could personally demolish walls such is the force and strength of his voice. Put him on a stage with Dickinson or Halford and there’s gonna be some Rockin’. And his guitar playing isn’t that bad to boot.
If ever you needed to know where GRAND MAGUS are headed on this album it’s sign posted quite clearly on the mighty ‘’Kingslayer’’ Awesome title awesome Heavy Metal pinching a MAIDEN-esque riff and then bolting on a Challenger tank to decimate small villages. This song kills. The title track pays homage to MANOWAR and ‘’Blood Oath’’ really lets JB open up the pipes, the riff is a simple piece of brilliance, no DREAM THEATER shenanigans here, as it drives along piling Heavy Metal on top of Heavy Metal. And when you think it couldn’t get any better it does with ‘’Repay In Kind’’
Thankfully the bands Doom roots surface near albums end with the overtly SABBATH ‘’Hamnd’’ and ‘’Ashes’’ giving time for the remaining members, Fox and Fredrik, to express themselves in an almost heavy cerebral slow motion trance. Defining new musical ground isn’t on the menu. But Heavy Metal is. Thank God for GRAND MAGUS! (Online October 12, 2005)