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Wolfsbane – ‘Genius’

Independent Release
Saxon, Anvil, The Almighty, W.A.S.P.
Release Date
June 5, 2022
Independent Release
Heavy Metal

                Wolfsbane are often spoke about in hushed tones, head scratches and comments like: “isn’t that the band that bloke who took over from Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden was in?”, cue more debates and then forgetting all about it. But in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Wolfsbane were big news and released some decent heavy metal before Blaze Bayley was plucked for stardom. It may have been some time since Wolfsbane released ‘Wolfsbane Save the World’ back in 2012, but now, ten years on, Wolfsbane have slipped out their latest offering ‘Genius’.

                There is something about Wolfsbane, that no matter how shit you feel, they’ll always managed to bring a smile to your face and that is exactly what ‘Genius’ achieves. Yeah sure, you know what, the production isn’t great and some of the tracks are a bit iffy, but this is raw, heavy metal doing exactly what it needs to do. There is no pretention here and the listener knows what they’re a getting; a shit cover with some jammed out songs with lyrics that are at times annoyingly catchy as tracks such as ‘Small Town Kisses’, ‘Spit It Out’ and ‘Good Time’ get the foot going. Furthermore, there’s a real nostalgia here for the rock of the past with the likes of ‘Rock the Boat’, ‘Rock City Nights’ and ‘I Was Born in ‘69’ reminding us that they too were once a local act and no matter how big or far they went, they’re still just the local lads in the band.

                Ultimately, this is Wolfsbane, there isn’t anything that is utterly jaw-droppingly fantastic, nor is it mega shit, it gets the job done, it’s a hell of a lot fun and it goes well with a few cold beers. What more could you want?

"a hell of a lot fun and it goes well with a few cold beers"

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