Powerwolf - 'The Sacrament of Sin' - Album Review
Powerwolf - 'The Sacrament of Sin' - Album Review 9
Powerwolf - 'The Sacrament of Sin' - Album Review 9
Powerwolf - 'The Sacrament of Sin' - Album Review 9
Powerwolf - 'The Sacrament of Sin' - Album Review 9
Powerwolf - 'The Sacrament of Sin' - Album Review 9
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This is a message to all saints and sinners world-wide, the blood moon looms high in the sky and there is a ghastly howl in the distance. Yes my friends, Powerwolf are on the prowl once again, hunting for blood; but not just any blood mind you, they hunt for the blood of those who love true heavy metal. And what better way to tempt their prey than with their seventh studio release; The Sacrament of Sin.

While most albums would open with some artsy-fartsy introduction track, Powerwolf don’t mess around or ask for forgiveness due to the sheer intensity of ‘Fire & Forgive.’ A track that will make any speaker it is played through explode. Monsters have always been a topic the band love to talk about, made evident through the catchy ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ and the album’s stunning ballad, ‘Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone.’ It is in the latter track where head priest Attila Dorn’s low ranged howl truly shines.

Religion is another topic which features very heavily throughout a Powerwolf and this is still on show through ‘Killers With A Cross’ and the sensational ‘Stossgebet,’ which stands “a hurried prayer” in the band’s native Deutsche tongue. Not only do this dark choir make the piece sound like something you would hear in a church (maybe I will go there) but it is completely sung in German; so have Google Translate at the ready. Did I forget to mention how tight the band sound throughout this album? From guitarist Charles & Matthew Greywolf’s collection of harmonic riffs to the thunderous Roel van Helden who never misses a beat behind the kit.

‘Nighttime Rebel’ and the hard-hitting ‘Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)’ bring this body of work to a close, and not only are they two of my stand out pieces but the likes of ‘Fist By Fist’ would be a perfect set closer for when the (un)holy group start working this album more and more into their set.


Once again, Powerwolf have a record that is both cheesier than a Dairylea factory and has the power to bring angels, demons, beasts and ghouls of all sorts to join a mosh to end all moshes.


Marc Leach 


Tour Dates:

Metal Masses 2018
15.06.18 FR – Paris / Download Festival
22.06.18 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
05.07.18 DE – Ballenstedt / Rock Harz Open Air
11.07.18 HU – Budapest / Rock Marathon Festival
12.07.18 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival
14.07.18 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival
03.08.18 RO – Rasnov / Rockstad Extreme Fest
05.08.18 FR – Colmar / Foire Aux Vins
10.08.18 ES – Villena / ESP Leyendas Del Rock
16.08.18 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze Open Air
17.08.18 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill
18.08.18 SE – Falun / Sabaton Open Air

Wolfsnächte 2018
w/ Amaranthe, Kissin Dynamite
25.10.18 FR – Paris / Bataclan
26.10.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
27.10.18 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
28.10.18 BE – Brussels / AB Main Hall
29.10.18 DE – Hamburg / Mehr! Theater
31.10.18 DE – Berlin / Huxleys
01.11.18 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
02.11.18 DE – Leipzig / Haus Auensee
03.11.18 CZ – Prague / Forum Karlin
04.11.18 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
06.11.18 AT – Wien / Arena
07.11.18 IT – Milan / Live Club
09.11.18 DE – Munich / Zenith
10.11.18 DE – Ludwigsburg / MHP Arena
11.11.18 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar
12.11.18 UK – London / Koko
14.11.18 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
15.11.18 CH – Zurich / Komplex 457
16.11.18 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
17.11.18 DE – Saarbrücken / Saarlandhalle

Powerwolf Line-up:
Attila Dorn – Vocals
Matthew Greywolf – Guitar
Charles Greywolf – Guitar
Falk Maria Schlegel – Organ
Roel van Helden – Drums

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