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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Wolverine, "The Window Purpose"

Reviews : Albums : Wolverine, "The Window Purpose"

Wolverine, "The Window Purpose"

Wolverine is an awfully ferocious name for a metal band to have, seeing as how it is one of the most savage mammals known to man. For any progressive band to use this beast as a symbolic representation of their music is brave albeit foolish. The reason why I am stressing this issue so much is that though the band Wolverine has a heavy sounding name, their music doesn't really match up that well. I guess I'm pissed that the band has chosen so unabashedly to misrepresent itself with their moniker, and my mood only grows darker when I read that the record company licensing them further misrepresents Wolverine by comparing them to Nevermore, something that can't be further from reality.

All of this aside, Wolverine plays very adequate progressive rock in the vein of Dream Theater. The songs are too long, soft by any death metal fan's standpoint, but excellently executed and quite colorful and nicely textured with the "musical masturbation" stamp all over them. The band chooses to incorporate keyboards and other electronic sounds, female vocals, and the occasional yet ultimately effective death growl into their mix of precariously timed, guitar noodling-oriented music. Though there's absolutely nothing wrong with the band, I can't help but wonder how much better they'd be if they used the gruff vocal delivery for the majority of the album, and chose to pare down the length of most of the songs. Maybe that's my musical taste showing through, but one can't help but wonder, especially when their best track Towards Loss is shorter than the rest and happens to contain more heavy vocals.

Don't be fooled by the name or the marketing. Wolverine neither sound ferocious, nor resemble Nevermore. They do, however have definite musical ability, and if you are into show-off musicianship and progressive metal, The Window Purpose could be a pleasant surprise for you.

Standout Tracks

   Towards Loss

Peter Johnston