“I: The Law of Retaliation”

By Dr. Abner Mality

From Chicago’s fertile metal scene comes Blood of the Wolf. With members of Kommandant, Terminate and Rellik, they’re no newcomers to shedding the red stuff. Their debut demonstrates a taste for barbaric black death metal that’s fit to burning villages and raping helpless wenches.

It’s good but not the best I’ve heard in this line of work. I don’t think much of the drum sound at all, which is thin and sounds like typewriter keys during the blast beats, which are frequent. Get a real drum sound and don’t obsess about the BPM so much. That being said, there’s still much to like here. The aggression is unquestioned and on tracks like “Overretaliate” and “Of Strength and Valor” reaches a peak. The latter track in particular has a very “Viking” feel  to it. I feel these guys are at their best when they keep songs under five minutes.  Do your damage quick and get the hell out.

The cold wind of Norway blows through most of the album, but that’s not the only influence. There’s a lot of death metal influence, too, particularly with the bellowing vocals. It’s not anything you haven’t heard before but Blood of the Wolf show promise. Just do something about the drum sound…