Wolfcry is a Greek traditional power metal that most likely many fans of the genre have overlooked. Fortunately, Black Lotus Records out of Greece released “Power Within” in 2001 and it serves as a great precursor to Wolfcry’s latest release which will be available in the summer of 2003.
”Power Within” draws from more recent power metal bands, especially Hammerfall, and from older influences going back into the early to mid 80’s. Costas’ vocals are close to dead on with Jocaim from Hammerfall throughout the CD, most notably on “The Journey” which would make an excellent metal radio single. While some may find this to be bothersome, it is actually to Wolfcry’s advantage in that many excellent metal bands are overlooked by larger metal labels due to the singer having an obvious accent, which is typically foreign to the genre. Unfair, but an unfortunate fact.
By no stretch though is Wolfcry a Hammerfall clone. 8 of the 9 tracks eclipse 4 ½ minutes in length, 3 of which are 7 ½ minutes or longer. Simos and guest guitarist Nikos possess strong guitar technique and come up with interesting riffs and challenging throughout the whole CD. The guitars on “Nightriders” recall “Power Of The Night” era Savatage. However, the highlight of the disc would have to be the epic war metal track “Dawn Of Glory” / “Neverending War” that features a soft intro building into a full-out attack and slowly fades away all within an approximately 9 minute time frame.
Considering the fact that “Power Within” was most likely recorded on a very limited budget and produced by Wolfcry themselves for the most part, they have done a commendable job on getting a full sounding CD recorded that does not contain the pratfalls of many do it yourself discs. I look forward to their next disc this summer and hopefully Wolfcry will have progressed even farther into the upper echelon of power metal bands.