Wolfheart, from Lahti, Finland, is another of those bands that my girl introduced to me. Jen knows what I like, and usually finds me some top-notch acts to review. Wolfheart’s most recent release came out this past March 3rd, 2017, and is entitled Tyhjyys. It is available through Spinefarm records, and the title translates to “The Emptiness”. These guys are phenomenal, and bridge the gap between several different genres. There’s sections where they are melodic, there’s acoustic sections, there’s some folk instrumentation, black metal, death metal, thrash, and some atmospheric laden doom metal. Founded in 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen, and rounded out by Mika Lammassaari playing lead guitar, Joonas Kauppinen beating the drums like Thor betas his hammer Mjolnir, Lauri Silvonen on Bass, and backing vocals; Wolfheart is an example of what great European metal is all about.
“Shores of the Lake Simple” opens up the album, and is the first track I’d heard. Jen told me not to base what music they create off this one song, and had me listen to 3 different ones just to prove her point. I’m very glad she did, because as this song opens up with a haunting, lone acoustic guitar I’d have thought Wolfheart was more of a folk metal act. At the one and a half minute mark a distorted guitar enters, and changes the whole feel of the song. It ends with a melodic guitar lead layered over it, and some nice double bass drumming adding the heavy edge to it. “The Flood” opens up in much the same way, a nice acoustic with some orchestration, and piano, behind it. It’s a beautiful intro to this song, and if I hadn’t just heard the brutal black metal of “Boneyard” (track #2), I’d again be thinking they were something other than what Wolfheart is. The intro turns into a doom-y type riff, and then back into the intro riff after the first verse. This section is very folk oriented, and melodic, and breaks up the heavier aspects of the songs without feeling out of place. “Call of the Winter” has one of the best sounds of the whole album. The drums are a pulsing double bass through a large portion of the song, giving it a speed, while the guitars aren’t really playing very quickly. The breakdown is another mellow, folk inspired area, and I love how the guitars speed up to match the double bass towards the end of this song.
What really gets me about Wolfheart is their ability to use several genres within the context of one song. I try to pinpoint a genre, but I cannot. On the Facebook page for the group the genre is listed as Winter Metal, and this is the first I’ve heard of it. I highly recommend that fans of bands like Finntroll, Amon Amarth, From the Vastland, King of Asgard, Skalmold, and Heidevolk go give Wolfheart’s Tyhjyys a thorough listen. You will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
– Tom Hanno
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