Wolverine’s Thomas Jansson and Marcus Losbjer on new album “A Darkened Sun,” mechanics of making an audio/visual release, maturation, and so much more!

Sweden’s Wolverine have just released their seventh full length, A Darkened Sun, and continue to be on the forefront of the progressive rock/metal landscape with lush melodies, heavy lyrical content, powerful performances, and music that is truly timeless. Along with that list of accomplishments they can now add an audio/visual release that is stunning, to say the least. Head directly below to hear all about it with roughly an hour of conversation.

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Album Review: Wolverine — “A Darkened Sun”

Wolverine - A Darkened Sun

The image above is not the album cover for Wolverine‘s seventh album, A Darkened Sun. What it is however, is an image that made an impression from the visual side of this audio/visual release. Wolverine have decided to do something particularly special here and put the listener in front of a half hour silent film surrounded by their lush yet impressive progressive metal. Ambitious? Yes. Asking a lot from fans? Again, yes. But, why not? After all, it is 2020 and the world is in a perpetual state of bad or worse consistently and any chance to break free from the norm is a welcome one. Plus, Wolverine don’t peddle your typical progressive metal so breaking free from the norm is something they take great pride in. Ambition equals tremendous success here, let’s discuss.

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Initial Descent: October 25 – 31, 2020

Sarcator

Finally, It’s Halloween week. Not sure what you’ll be doing but as long as it involves horror movies and metal, all will be right in the world for at least a day. Since metal is in the equation, we have a looooong list for this week. So long, in fact, it seems everyone waited for Halloween to push out an album. Good news for us. Anyway, Sarcator open the pit of flayed bodies with their Swedeaththrash and holy smokes is this so crazy good for such a young band—I mean, age 16-21. All that to say, jump on this immediately. And, the mighty Carcass return for a quick hitter EP but quick hitter doesn’t mean slack on quality, it’s Carcass so you know what you’re getting. Stälker put both a classic metal feel and tons of demonspeed in their effort and those vocals? GLORIOUS. Rounding out the top spots is Wolverine who are back with their lush but impressive progressive metal and in audio visual format which is nothing short of amazing so please get your ears, and eyes, on this come Saturday. No matter what you do with Halloween this year, you’ll have plenty of metal to take along for the ride. Just don’t forget to load up on blood and gore as well.

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Initial Descent: July 8, 2016

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Inter Arma (Photo courtesy of the band)

Another week of new releases is upon us. And while it’s a bit top-heavy, the top’s got such quality as to make it a total doozy. What’ve we got up top?

Well, for starters, there’s Inter Arma. The Richmond quintet continue their genre-bending brilliance on full-length no. 3, Paradise Gallows. And guess who’s seeing them tonight at St. Vitus? That’s right — this guy. We’ve also got the debut full-length from Brooklyn’s Anicon, who kick so many different kinds of ass. Gilead Media done good with this one, folks. Also, depending on who you ask, Vanhelgd may be dropping their killer new album, Temple of Phobos today! (They also may not be dropping it until July 22, or may have dropped it last Friday — we’ve been told 3-4 different things and have no idea which one is correct. Fun!)

Plus, there’s some new stuff from CentinexMonolithe…hell, there’s even a Cradle of Filth reissue (reimagining? original imagining?) if you’re into that kinda thing. So enough talk; here’s what’s on tap for July 8:
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Album Review: Wolverine – “Machina Viva”

Wolverine - Machina Viva

Machina Viva marks the end of a five year silence from Sweden’s Wolverine. A long time indeed to go without their blend of utterly beautiful melodies and emotionally charged songwriting. They’ve come a long way since their first demo way back in 1996 but they never cease to amaze with the amount of progress from one release to the next. This album, while being a natural next step from their last, is no different. Somehow they’ve found a way to get a little closer to the heart while fully engaging the mind with their intricate passages and subtle nuances. Continue reading