"Mark of the Wolf" (Alone Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Lycanthro's "Mark of the Wolf" is an eight track collection of unapologetic heavy metal in the vein of modern metal bands like Night Demon and Midnight. The songs are heavy with raging guitars (riffs and solos alike), driving rhythms and vocals that  scream for the sky ... you know, like a wolf would at the moon.

For the most part, "Mark of the Wolf" probably qualifies as power metal, although there are tracks that could also be called thrash and more traditional metal (a la Iron Maiden). Most of the tracks are instantly addictive, especially the seven-minute-plus opener, "Crucible" and the anthem "In Metal We Trust."

The production isn't perfect but it functions well enough. Well enough, that is, for "Mark of the Wolf" to deliver just about 45 minutes of serious rock'n'roll.

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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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