Metal music is often thought of for its inherent sense of melancholy, bleakness and darkness by outsiders to the genre (in some cases with good reason, My Dying Bride anyone?); a viewpoint that completely overlooks bands on the flipside of the coin; those who seem to shit out anthems that make you want to pump your fist and roar with a massive grin. German power metallers Powerwolf prove themselves worthy flag bearers of this categorisation with their latest effort.
With its tongue in cheek moniker and assuredly OTT lyrical content, “Preachers Of The Night” sees them continuing with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mantra with continued high hitting consistency. Yes it does sound the same as they have done before, but simultaneously they remain as huge and infectious as we have become accustomed to in their case. The likes of ‘Amen And Attack’, ‘Sacred And Wild’ and ‘In The Name Of God (Deus Vult)’ prove to be some of the bands most grandiose and instant anthems whose choruses should burrow into your mind like a worm within moments.
Likelihood is you have formed an opinion on Powerwolf already, their absurdity will prove either magnetic or too much and “Preachers Of The Night” won’t come close to changing it. Yes it is ridiculous, yes it is a little camp, but it is also heaps of fun and tailor made for screaming along with a beer in hand; and who doesn’t like the sound of that?