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Additional personnel: Amanda Somerville, Ralf Scheepers, Göran Edman, Johnny Gioeli, Doogie White, Tony Mills, Blaze Bayley, Piet Sielck, Jean-Marc Viller (vocals), Kee Marcello, Mandy Meyer, Roland Grapow, Martin Rauber (guitars), Gereon Homann, Brian Tichy, Hermann Rarebell, Roland Jahoda (drums), Don Airey, Tony Carey (keyboards).
Two years past this project's debut, Mark Sweeney and Michael Voss have once again teamed up and gathered a solid bunch of musicians to create another Wolfpakk album.
An album with many ups and downs, as we travel through awesome songs like the opener and captivating track Moonlight and the cool heavier guitar riffing semi-ballad Palace Of Gold to unmatched shark baits like the greasy lullaby and total stinker Cold Winter. Sorry boys, but I loathe those types of songs.
I found Cry Wolf somewhat cheesy initially, but within a few spins I got somewhat stuck in their melodic groove and some of the tracks buried themselves deep within my core. Still a few too many fillers or songs that don't attract though to get me excited all through and focus to the full.
The guitarplay is attractive with stylish licks and flaming capturing riffs and the keys are dominant and played with great skills, but the production appears a bit plain to me and I would personally have preferred more strength in general, although I'm fully aware of its purpose.
It's a rather varied record, yet my interest slowly decreases.
It really doesn't make me want to listen to it spin after spin. As a
whole, a decent release that's just too everyday to me and my concentration
flutters away. It's in no way bad, just not strong enough or complete
to break through my barriers.