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5.0 out of 5 stars Doom with an old-school metal vein, 6 Oct 2006
This review is from: Wolf's Return (Audio CD)
First of all, let me stress that I am not a big fan of Doom or Stoner Rock. Ok, so I own a a few Kyuss albums, and I've listened to the odd Doom band or two, but they're never appealed to me much. So, why I hear you wonder, would I be attracted to a band like Grand Magus? Well first of all, this album is not a complete depature from their previous work. Yes, the album does have a fair number of plodding Doom riffs that will keep even the most die-hard fans happy, but those expecting a doom filled offering like their last album 'Monument' are going to be sorely disappointed.

However, rather than bringing the album down, in my opinion it improves it dramatically. Firstly let me stress that the vocals on this album are without doubt the best Metal vocals I have heared in a long time, resounding with raw, dark emotion that just make you want to stand up and yell battle-cries. Tie this in with huge epic riffs of the guitar which lumber menacingly through each song, while the odd melody (without venturing into the hallmark cheesiness of some heavy/power metal bands) skirts intricately around trying to avoid being crushed by gargantuan riffs. The drumming doesn't let up at all throughout, and sets the pace perfectly. The Bass Guitar is very prominent, without becoming muddy or overbearing. It further heightens the atmosphere with a rich sinister tone where the doom influences can be clearly seen.

'Wolf's Return' just shouts out 'Metal!', its use of Heavy Metal style riffs with a Central Doom theme, and deep, powerful vocals create a intensely dark, and at times foreboding atmosphere.

Standout tracks include: The opener 'Kingslayer', 'Blood-Oath' and the title track. But every song on this album is a gem, and it needs to be listened to in it's entirety to be fully apreciated. Quite simply, no Metal fan can be without this excellent album.
5 Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year? You bet!, 29 Jun 2006
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Amazon Customer "Old Man" (The Valleys of The West) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wolfs Return (Audio CD)
Quite simply, there were only a few really outstanding albums last year. This is one of them.

It is a refreshing slice of good old Maiden-esque metal. They try their hand at something new and progressive every time they release an album, this time it's classic British heavy metal. They pull it off with the style and aplomb usually associated with the big heavyweights of the genre. Quite evidently music flows naturally through these men.

Any of the albums is worth a good buy - but this one is my favourite. The throne of heavy metal is under threat from a rank outsider - and it's this bunch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should you worship at the altar of pyrotechnic metal, then quaff deep of this riff bejeweled, heavy metal chalice!, 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: Wolf's Return (Audio CD)
I have a predilection to expound in over zealous prose when it comes to reviewing albums by a much loved band - where ones bias veers towards the hyperbolic, but in all honesty I have to say that the third, Grand Magus opus, ‘Wolf’s Return’ is an EXEMPLARY heavy metal album – an unbridled ode to the ennobling joys of fists-aloft, whirling dervish mullet metal, ‘Tis a magnificently rampant, dreadnought heavy, stone-cold classic that positively crackles with the kind of electrifying riffage that any serious guitarist would drop a nut for…11 gleaming, elemental tracks of titanium hard, blistering, fat-bellied metal, replete with Norse land heroics, and swollen with such exhilarating, hair raising anthems that Rob Halford’s bald pate would be verdant with flaxen curls mere seconds into the titular track alone....‘Wolf’s Return’ is quite possibly one of the most essential and downright heroic metal albums of 2005…Yes, I know how gibbering and fan-boy that sounds, but dash your cynicism and allow the supremely ballistic majesty of album opener, ‘Kingslayer’ transport you to a foreboding, icy, gore-soaked battlefield, where frenzied, sinuous Vikings vanquish their quavering, limbless foes to the euphoric tones of JB’s cavernous-sounding flying V…The mellifluous yet eye-wateringly heavy riff piloting this finely honed track is a stunning guitar masterstroke, which once heard coils itself around your cerebellum with all the tenacity of a predatory snake.

However much I enjoy the early Manowar albums, both their innate ludicrousness, and risible posturing ultimately precludes them from true heavy metal greatness, whereas JB, Fox & Frederik have forgone any cartoonish macho, instead of lurid theatrics, these hirsute Swedish heavy rock alchemists have crafted the kind of soaring, breathtaking, pulse pounding heavy metal that engenders such a dizzying feeling of intoxication in the listener that ‘Wolf’s Return’ should come with a screw cap and a government health warning!

Should you worship at the altar of pyrotechnic metal, then quaff deep of this riff bejeweled, heavy metal chalice, as the heady ingredients within are guaranteed to raise the weary soul to such vertiginous heights you may balk at the prosaic pleasures afforded by lesser examples of balls-out metal. Three albums old and Grand Magus already have an enviable and unassailable musical legacy, these proto-doom overseers have blossomed into true heavy metal icons and one can only drool in anticipation at what JB’s monstrous power trio have in store for us next…Until then my broadsword is held aloft in humble tribute to one of the finest metal bands of the modern age…GRAND MAGUS I SALUTE THEE!

For fans of: DENIM, LEATHER & HEAVY METAL BROTHERHOOD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Metal, 11 Feb 2014
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Scott Fraser (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wolf's Return (Audio CD)
No pretence, no bull, no faking - just pure metal. Priest, Maiden, Dio influences with pride - buy all this bands cds.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Modern Rock Should Sound Like, 11 Mar 2006
This review is from: Wolf's Return (Audio CD)
Why is this album not at the top of the rock charts? While Trivium, Bullet for my Valentine etc release emo-tinged metal sacrilage, Grand Magus continue to forge iron fisted heavy metal from the very volcanoes of Hades. This is fist pumping joyous metal as it should be - silly, ott, well played, and created by people with names like 'Fox'.
The musicianship is phenomenal, with a crazy tight rhythm section complemented by the unbelievably talented guitar and voice of singer JB. He probably has the best voice i've heard in metal since Brucey Dickinson or John Garcia. Buy this now, then rent a castle, tear off your clothes, grab an axe, and run around a lot.
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