Powerwolf – “The Metal Mass – Live” 2CD / 2DVD (Napalm Records)
This is the one. Whether you’ve seen these pseudo goth power metallers before or not then this monster live DVD package ranks up there with the meteoric rise of this band, noted for their hugely catchy material and gargantuan singalong shows. A sure bet at any summer festival, there can’t be a crowd that Powerwolf haven’t conquered with their tongue in cheek vampiric lyrics, werewolf howls and vocalist Attila Dorn’s charismatic stage presence. I have witnessed this band many times be it in small clubs from their beginnings right up to their biggest shows at open air festivals and the effect is the same – total crowd euphoria! Now with two Top 3 albums ranked in the German album charts and an established headlining act, Powerwolf have gone for the throat in issuing their first ever live DVD which brings the glory of the metal mass to your couch! And you may just need to be seated when you witness this epic package with no less than 2 complete festival performances at Masters Of Rock and Summer Breeze as well another full gig filmed at Oberhausen from their Wolfsnächte tour. On top of that there are 2 documentaries, one of which captures a unique behind the stage band perspective as they prepare for their main Summer Breeze performance, while the other “Kreuzweg – Of Wolves And Men” documents the history of the band through interviews with the band members. While the live performances are flawless, what stands out more is the consistency of them, and thus their reputation among both promoters and moreover, their fans of a band that never lets anyone down. Indeed, this would explain the rapture and intense participation of the masses from air punching to singing along and tumultuous roars – not to mention repeatedly chanting the band’s name pretty much in between every song – which is captured throughout this DVD. If that wasn’t enough then the live 16 tracks here are like a ‘best of’ from the band’s repertoire (but thankfully not repeated) – ‘Blessed & Possessed‘, ‘Armata Strigoi‘, ‘Werewolves of Armenia‘, ‘Sanctified with Dynamite‘ – well, these are my favorites but its all here in this amazing package. OTT? You betcha – Powerwolf succeed in bringing the awesome power and camaraderie of their live show to your home – I dare anyone who watches this to resist going to see them live afterwards!