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She is the Wolf, the Wolf is She... - 55%

Nhorf, April 8th, 2008

Catchy and competent. That's what this album is. The Vision Bleak didn't try to make a masterpiece or an intelligent record with this piece. They just tried to make it compelling and interesting. And they succeeded.

After giving the album a spin, my first impression was that this album has one of the best productions ever. And that is surprising because The Vision Bleak isn't a very well known metal band and, normally, that type of bands get their albums produced awfully. Fortunately, The Wolves Go Hunt their Prey is an exception.
What benefits the most of the production are the guitars. They sound raw, aggressive and LOUD. All the rest is well mixed and even the bass is audible. The drums sound amazing too.

The songwriting is simple. Almost every song follows the same structure of verse-chorus-verse-chorus. However, that turns out to be a good thing - many bands try to make catchy albums and fail, but The Vision Bleak proves here that can make catchy records without compromising their quality.

There are two types of vocals on the record: the clean ones and the harsh ones. About the clean ones, they sound very operatic. Ok, the vocalist isn't Bruce Dickinson, but he isn't Varg Vikernes either. About the harsh vocals, they are competent, but less used than the clean ones.

Highlights of the album? First of all, The Black Pharaoh Trilogy, which is made of three different songs. Part I, the intro, is, surprisingly, my favourite part of this epic. It begins with atmospheric guitars, the song becomes heavier when the drums kick in and there is a very interesting breakdown, where many Egyptian instruments are used. In fact, those instruments are also played on the other parts of the trilogy, adding a great atmosphere to the tracks.

She-Wolf is another personal favourite. Good main riff and solo, and a chorus that is CATCHY as hell, featuring both clean and harsh vocalists singing at the same time. Demon of the Mire is competent too, with the inclusion of some blast-beats. It has a lengthy instrumental introduction, with some good riffs here and there. By our Brotherhood with Seth is another highlight.

-Heavy guitar riffs.
-Drum patterns that, despite being simple, are fine and varied.
-Audible bass and excellent production.
-Catchy choruses and songwriting.

That's what you can expect from this piece. Are you tired of listening to too complex and demanding records? Try this and relax a bit.
One last word to the artwork, which is simply awesome and fits the album title very well.

EDIT: Just removed some points, since now I'm a bit tired of this record. It still deserves a positive rating, though.