Powerwolf – Preachers Of The Night
Preachers Of The Night
Reviewed by Arno Callens
At the beginning of last year I wasn’t a big fan of Powerwolf. They were, to my mind, a silly distraction at best, nothing to consider beyond the length of an obvious chorus. While others raved over Blood Of The Saints, I shrugged, and moved on to what I thought were more worthwhile pursuits.
That all changed at Power Prog & Metal Fest 2012, where I sauntered to the stage – more out of curiosity than interest – to spend an agreeable hour of forgettable music at the back of the room with a beer.
Two songs in, and I was shouting along with the rest of the crowd.
You see, Powerwolf may not rewrite the power metal formula – in fact they ripped a few pages out of the Sabaton book – but they have two things speaking very much in their favor: a relentless energy and the voice of Attila Dorn. Two things the world is slowly warming up to, which is why Preachers Of The Night had to be the album to cement the rise these guys are on. And you can rest assured: it is.
By now the advance single “Amen & Attack” has been released, and it’s every bit as vibrant as such other bonkers hits as “Raise Your Fist, Evangelist” and “Sanctified With Dynamite”. Latin chanting, gratuitous references to wolves, blood, and/or religion; it’s all you want from Powerwolf and more. The riffing is simplistic but tight, the refrain catchier than dog poop in your moccasins.
I could end the review right here, right now, because most of the record follows squarely in that trend. You will have the occasional déjà-vu, but it can’t spoil the fun. “Coleus Sanctus”, “Cardinal Sin”, “Extatum Et Oratum”; I can see all these easily slipping onto the set list for the coming summer/fall tour. At which I will no doubt be present. Special mention goes to “Secrets Of The Sacristy”, which is ridiculous in concept, but packs more punch than the bowl on your high school prom.
Sometimes I think Powerwolf is holding back here and there, choosing not to take it to the next level. If they ever do or don’t, I’m perfectly happy spinning Preachers Of The Night – and the overdue back catalogue – until we find out. Powerwolf is top notch entertainment, and to anyone sharing my past doubts: go catch them live, and be never let loose again.
4.0 // 5