From the logo and cover art, Wolves at Warís End heavily signals retro, classic-style heavy metal. However, the music is in more of an aggro thrash vein, done with old school panache and intensity, but with a few modern sonic aspects (mostly, the drum sounds).
Hammerlord plays its songs with vigor. From the spirited, screamy thrash vocals, to the apt rhythm guitar attacks, energetic solos, and blazing drumming, Wolves at Warís End can be a pretty good time. However, all the songs are cut from the same cloth, do the same things in the same sequence, with the same level of intensity, and ultimately donít stand out from one another. Even though the album is not particularly long at 40 minutes, an even shorter and sweeter, 30-minute-or-less version of this material might have served the band better, because about five songs in, we felt we had had our fill. (6/10)
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