Wolfpakk – Rise Of The Animal Album Review
Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney are at it again with the third release of their Wolfpakk project. Both are handling vocals (and Micchael the majority of bass work), but they are joined by an arsenal of artists: Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Andi Deris (Helloween), Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow/Deep Purple), Don Dokken (Dokken), Marc Storace (Krokus – in the video below), Bob Daisley (ex-Black Sabbath/Gary Moore), Al Barrow (Magnum), Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper), Bernie Torme (Ozzy Osbourne), John Norum (Europe), Doug Aldrich (ex- Whitesnake/Dio/Foreigner), Axel Rudi Pell…and the list goes on…
A lot of names and you can check out who plays on each track, the lyrics (and who sings the part!) right on the Wolfpakk website here.
“Highlands” – A shuffling, rocking number with bagpipes, a few twists and turns and sing-a-long melodies. Happy-go-luck and fun hard rock.
“Running Out Of Time” – Just a great melodic metal song with a sweet chorus and guitars just good. No surprise about the exceptional quality of guitar work there – it is Doug Aldrich working the strings!
The 8 minute 43 second title track “Rise Of The Animal” is nothing short of rocking, f***ing metal epicness with orchestral and keyboard bits worked into this masterpiece. Vocals from Sweeney and Voss are great, but Michael Kiske takes the cake with lines reminiscent of Helloween’s “Eagle Fly Free” days. This man has lost none of his power as he also proving in the upcoming Kiske / Somerville – City Of Heroes release – absolutely stunning and 6 out of 5 stars!
1. Rider Of The Storm
2. Sock It To Me
3. Monkey On Your Back
5. Black Wolf
6. Somewhere Beyond
7. Running Out Of Time
8. Grizzly Man
9. High Roller
10. Rise Of The Animal