For an album that seems to be about a group of Christian werewolves running about the Holy Roman Empire, Powerwolf‘s sixth full-length album is pretty decent. Despite how ridiculous it may sound, ‘Blessed & Possessed’ is a cheesey collection of galloping power metal hymns. This album offers some of the biggest choruses that you’ll hear all year, from the opening title-track to the single ‘Army Of The Night’, and even later tracks like ‘Sacramental Sister’.
All tracks are dripping with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest influences, especially in the dual guitars and Attila Dorn‘s vocals, which holds Bruce Dickinson‘s operatic range combined with Rob Halford‘s traditional metal delivery. This sound moulds together well with rampant drums and daring keyboard solos which will have you air-organing. This focused and consistent sound is combined with incredibly instant songwriting. You’ll be able to sing along to choruses by the second listen.
Whilst this is all very enjoyable within the first few tracks on the album, it becomes almost too consistent for its own good. The constant barrage of glitzy repetitive choruses make the album become fairly monotone, and there’s nothing to wash your palette from the constant cheesiness of it all. This makes the album feel more of a chore than it should be to get through, and it makes the 46 minute listen feel a lot longer. The fact that it’s such a clean and processed record also hampers the enjoyment; it’s hardly a dark or intimidating metal record.
For what it is, ‘Blessed & Possessed’ isn’t awful, but there’s just a lot of it and it gets a bit sickly after the first few tracks. If you want some simple entertaining power metal, then check this record out, but there are plenty of albums even in the more traditional metal genres with much more to offer.
Written by Jack King (@Jackingy)