"The Wolf You Feed" (High Potency; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

It's a good thing there's only five tracks on Eye of the Destroyer's "The Wolf You Feed." Any more, and this recording would probably explode your head like those anti-superheroes in Amazon's "The Boys."

The band wastes no time getting things started. Track 1, "Reverted," starts off with a demonic growl and a satanic lead that morph into a chorus of "Misuse of Power" before the locomotive kicks in, driving through the remaining 90-seconds of the song like a wrecking ball through a skyscraper. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're going to catch your breath with any of the tracks that follow, either. That demonic growl never goes away, and the music maintains its intensity throughout until the final track, my favorite, with the misleadingly gentle title of "Weekend Thoughts."

When "The Wolf You Feed" comes to an end, you'll find your pulse racing, your breathing faster, and your mind spinning furiously. In a good way.

My only complaint about "The Wolf You Feed" is the strange habit of ending songs abruptly. Sometimes , there's no fading away, no final note and sometimes the song seemingly ends mid vocal. It's weird and jarring enough to make me double-check to make sure I didn't just get a sampler of the release. I didn't. The run times on my copy and the run times on Amazon match.

Regardless, if you're in the mood for a sledge-hammer of a musical experience, then I highly recommend Eye of the Destroyer and "The Wolf You Feed."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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