Power of Metal.dk Review

Run With the Wolf
Style: Epic Fantasy Power Metal
Release date: 16 March, 2015
Playing time: 76:00

There are a few more bands with the name Drakkar, but this is the Italian epic powermetal band that started in 1995. With 'Run With the Wolf' the band releases the fifth album and on this album they continued the combination of epic power metal with keyboards in Deep Purple style. Another band that can be mentioned as influence is Thin Lizzy. The combination of 70' rock with power metal riffs and epic elements is something you like or not. I have to get used to it, but is has some originality and that works in their favor.

You can also hear that the band likes Keltic or should I say Irish inlfuences. "Ride the Storm" is a big example of that, an epic kind of heroic song with pipes , Irish tunes and a big sing a long refrain. In my opinion the songs are not all strong enough and I'm not really happy with the singing of Dave Dell'Orto all the time. Besides the typically Italian accent his singing can't convince me either. The sea shanty "Southern Cross" with accoustic guitars and flute is the biggest example of that. Fortunately (for me) there are some power metal tracks that are interesting enough, like for example "Under the Banners of War", "Watcher On the Wall", "Burning" and "Gods of Thunder". All this songs can't change the fact that Drakkar is an average band. There are too many bands in this genre that top them on a lot of fronts. The one thing I can please them for is that the combination ot power metal with 70's rock organs is quite original and daring.

If you want something else for a change, you certainly have to check out this album with guest vocals of Terence Holler (Eldritch) on "Gods of Thunder" and other guest musicians like Mat Stancioiu and Olaf Thorsen. Fans will also be pleased with the deluxe double CD with 5 classic songs from their first three albums re-recorded and refreshed by the current lineup.

01. Rise of the Dark Lords (intro)
Under the Banners Of War
Run With the Wolf
Watcher On the Wall
05. Ride the Storm
06. Burning
Southern Cross
Gods of Thunder
09. Invincible
10. Call Of the Dragonblood
01. Coming From the Past
02. Dragonheart
03. Eridan Falls
04. Pure of Heart
05. Galadriel' Song

Label: My Kingdom Music
Distribution: Aural Music???
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Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 13 March, 2015
Website: www.facebook.com/drakkarmetal