Band: WOLF COUNSEL
Title: Age of Madness / Reign of Chaos
Label: Czar of Bullets
Style: Doom Metal
Led by Ralf Winzer Garcia, member of the Swiss Thrash Metal legend Poltergeist, Wolf Counsel seems to be a very productive band so far: in a bit over three years of activity they released 3 full-length albums, and since the previous album Wolf Counsel is a full line-up band consisting of 4 musicians, so it's even more interesting how they can manage to compose new stuff so quickly. The new material is made of 7 tracks and clocks a bit over 40 minutes of playing time. Traditional Doom Metal is the game here, complete with all you would like to get from such a band: clean vocals, slow and heavy riffs, catchy leads and solos, organic drumming, oppressive bass lines and and overall dark atmosphere, not to forget the good lyrical content. The biggest surprise on this album is the 4th track, O'death, which sees the joint venture with a female vocalist and the result is simply spectacular giving the whole album a fresher impression. Although the album in its entirety is very good, with plenty to taste for a Doom Metal fan, I'd say we're yet to see (read listen) Wolf Counsel's work, they do have the potential to deliver a true masterpiece at any point.
Reviewed by Adrian