Wolverine - _Fervent Dream_
(Zizania, 1999)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
While progmetal was never one of my favourite genres, Wolverine's approach to that style certainly ended up becoming quite enjoyable for me. Mixing somewhat Amorphis-like clean vocals and death grunts isn't what I expect from a progmetal band, but it works very well for Wolverine. The clean singing is varied, but not harmful to the music, with the partial exception of some of "Echoes". Instrumentally, the band is both skilled and creative, and -- despite the occasional somewhat excessive guitar solo -- keeps the songs flowing quite well during their average seven minute length. The production is very good as well, and the MCD totals over 30 minutes. The Heden String Quartet also participates in this MCD, but their presence is overall rather brief; an increased participation from them seems advisable for the band's upcoming full-length album (which can be expected in October 2000, according to them). This is a rather interesting appetiser.

Contact: Rene Janssen, Vergelt 5a, 5991 PJ Baarlo, The Netherlands

(article published 15/1/2000)

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