Talk about a long awaited comeback. Since the ‘Tamworth Terrors’ originally broke up in 1994, Wolfsbane had reformed only for five UK dates supporting The Wildhearts back in 2007, but recently after Blaze Bayley disbanded the most recent incarnation of his eponymous band, came an opportunity to bring the boys back together.
Cue this EP, support slot on Saxon’s recent tour and the announcement of their very own headlining tour in November. In the 17 years since they split up, they haven’t tried to update their sound or try anything to new, which is one of the things I feared they might do. They have released the EP that could easily have followed next after the eponymous 1994 effort. Guitarist Jase Edwards’ solos as clean and as good as ever, and Blaze on fine form.
On the EP you get five tracks, sixteen minutes of some of the best classic British rock you may well hear this year. The title track and ‘GSB’ are particular highlights. After good reviews of the shows in support of Saxon, you know the forthcoming album and tour to come will be something very special.
This release takes me back to a time when I bought Kerrang! every week and Raw every fortnight, and seemingly every year they started a campaign for Wolfsbane to play at the ‘Monsters of Rock‘ festival. It is not going to set the world alight but for the Howling Mad Shitheads out there, this is an excellent return for Wolfsbane and the album can’t come soon enough for me. Lets start next years campaign right now.
WOLFSBANE FOR DONINGTON 2012!