WOLVERINE

(SWEDEN)

A DARKENED SUN

(2021)
LABEL:

LASER'S EDGE

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Concept-album, Melancholic
"Guided by the narrative logic of a mini-film, "A Darkened Sun" is of a great cohesion, but that does not prevent Wolverine from proposing a relative diversity in its tracks."
NUNO777 (28.06.2021)  
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It's been five years since we were waiting for Wolverine to give a sequel to "Machina Viva". It was actually in 2020 that the Swedes made their comeback with a musical mini-movie called "A Darkened Sun" but one event had the ability to overshadow almost all the others that happened at the same time. For this reason, Wolverine has decided to release the film's soundtrack EP in the spring of 2021.

This mini-album, divided into four chapters, fits perfectly with the twilight style of the Scandinavians and if not to grasp all the meaning, the listener will at least enjoy an even more immersive experience with the images and the lyrics that scroll by. Musically, the record evolves in the familiar from Wolverine with its evening atmospheres, its melancholic moods and its art of singing full of emotions. Guided by the narrative logic of the mini-film, the disc is of a great cohesion, but that does not prevent the Swedes from proposing a relative diversity in its tracks.

If the first two pieces show a slow rhythmic, heavy riffs and thick layers of keyboards supporting the effect of heaviness, 'Dead As The Moon' shows a more pop continuity always as melancholic but with an extra melodic beauty that reminds what Moongarden can produce. It is on the final that Wolverine gives the most spirit to his record with a 'Hibernator' with a very pure chorus, whereas the tendency was rather to the harmonic complexity in 'The Breach' and especially 'Phoenix', and marked by several moments of vitality which bring a pleasant feeling of clearness in a whole dominated by the opacity.

"A Darkened Sun" puts Wolverine back in the metal landscape after a half-decade of hibernation with a short format that suits them well. The musicians play the game of diversity, going from the piece with progressive scope to the pop ballad, without tiring the listener on long minutes of melancholic constancy.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Phoenix Slain - 9:16
02. The Breach - 5:22
03. Dead As The Moon - 6:40
04. Hibernator - 5:08

LINEUP:
Jonas Jonsson: Guitares
Marcus Losbjer: Batterie
Per Henriksson: Claviers
Stefan Zell: Chant
Thomas Jansson: Basse
   
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