Devious – Wolfhagen
I try my best to meet deadlines. I really do. But the fact that this has dragged on from Sunday to Friday is testament to the difficulty I had objectively reviewing this album.
The reason? Well, the simple fact that I haven’t really listened to anything this plain in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, this album reeks of hard effort and hundreds and possibly thousands of hours having gone into it’s recording and mastering and composing and all that, but at the end it’s just another metal album in the hordes that would once sell merely because it was heavy and catchy, both of which this album definitely is. Maybe it’s my short attention span or an undeniable hunger for details, but this album simply does nothing for me mentally. Each song does have your foot tapping, but just like the effects of substandard hash, it merely reaches your muscles with a tingling sensation but dies out before it can reach your brain to provide you with a hit of aural joy. These riffs have been done, this particular vocal style has been done, and the entire album as a musical entity does not sound like anything a person who’s had a standard 3-4 year exposure to metal wouldn’t have heard, either in parts or as a superstructure.
On the brighter side, there are grooves aplenty(though they all start sounding the same after song 2), the vocals are brvtal(though they remind me of Angela Gossow), the mastering and production are that of a standard modern metal album if it makes you happy, the overall sound is dense and rich, though the listening experience isn’t. Tracks 5 and 6 are probably the most interesting on the album,with the occasional folkish acoustic interlude and some evidence of progressive songwriting, however minimal. Track 7 is a travesty, an attempt at a ‘dn’b-dubstep’ remix, that just sounds like something you’d expect in a cheap B-grade horror movie OST.
If you are new to metal and are looking for something obscure to start with so you can brag to your friends that you’ve gotten into metal with an absurdly unknown band, you could buy this album. Or you could just go and listen to Death’s Symbolic and be a million times happier. Overall rating : 4.5/10