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Powerwolf – ‘The Monumental Mass: A Cinematic Metal Event’

Napalm Records
Sabaton, Dream Evil, Bloodbound, HammerFall, Brothers of Metal, Apostolica
Release Date
July 8, 2022
Napalm Records
Power Metal

                In the last decade, Powerwolf have become one of the most successful metal bands of the contemporary era. The German band have brought majesty and spectacle to the live environment through their unique flair which has enraptured fans around the world. This year has Powerwolf returning with their latest live album ‘The Monumental Mass: A Cinematic Metal Event’.

                As an album, ‘The Monumental Mass…’ might as well be a greatest hits album interspersed with interludes because for a live album, this is pretty much bang on to the original recordings. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any differences. Now, depending on your stance with live albums, this is either a blessing or a curse because there is that little nagging feeling that you may as well just listen to the album because it is that perfect. Sadly, this is what happens when a live release no longer has the visual spectacle to go with it, then it can fall a little flat, because by all regards, ‘The Monumental Mass…’ was a true beast of a performance involving fire, skeletons and nuns.

                ‘The Monumental Mass…’ is a very good example of what a performance should be like; this is professionally delivered, and monumentality done, but should you run out and purchase this album immediately? Unless you’re a mega, mega fan of Powerwolf then it should probably pass you by.

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