Nature Strikes Back

Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: Crystal Ball/Casanova/Mad Max

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Nature Strikes Back
2. The Legend
3. Beyond This Side
4. Land Of Wolves
5. Under Surveillance
6. Restore Your Soul
7. Lone Ranger
8. One Day
9. Revolution
10. A Mystery
11. Lovers Roulette

Mark Sweeney - Vocals, Backing Vocals
Michael Voss - Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass

Wolfpakk (2011)
Cry Wolf (2013)
Rise Of The Animal (2015)
Wolves Reign (2017)

Michael Sweet - vocals
Yannis Papadopoulos - vocals
Carl Sentence - vocals
Mats Levén - vocals
Perry McCarty - vocals
Oliver Fehr - vocals
Michael Bormann - vocals
Fernando Garcia - vocals
Frank Beck - vocals
Jasmin Schmid - vocals
Ronnie Romero - vocals
Nick Holleman - vocals
Jean-Marc Viller - vocals
Karl Johannson - bass
Peter Fargo Knorn - bass
Anders "LA" Rönnblom - bass
Uwe Köhler - bass
Joey Tafolla - guitar
Nino Laurenne - guitar
Bruce Kulick - guitar
Vinnie Moore - guitar
Thom Blunier - guitar
Craig Goldy - guitar
Jeff Waters - guitar
Mikkey Dee - drums
Anders Johannson - drums
André Hilgers - drums
Mark Cross - drums
Markus Kullmann - drums
Gereon Homann - drums

Produced and mixed by Mark Sweeney & Michael Voss at Kidwood Studio in Münstertal, Germany
Mastered by Michael Voss at Kidwood Studio in Münstertal, Germany
Cover artwork by Rainer Kalwitz

Released 2020-01-24
Reviewed 2020-03-


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Nature strikes back, could refer to the Covid19-pandemic that we are experiencing right now – or perhaps the so far far deadlier tsunami disaster of 2004, the pandemic might end up deadlier in the end though. From the looks of the fifth album by this duo it would appear that it is natural disaster rather than viruses that is the reason for the title. The cover looks rather good, and it contains a rather impressive list of guests with 32 names all very merited musicians.

Hard rock or metal of the more melodic kind, they sound kind of Swiss, a bit in the vein of Crystal Ball and their likes. Good energy and lots of melodies, is what we are hearing, and the many vocalists makes the album fairly varied, but I wouldn’t claim that it offers anything that can be described as surprising. The sound is quite good though, the slightly rougher production is a positive aspect and thanks to using so many vocalists and musicians the long playing time seems somewhat more bearable.

It is a pretty good album; the songs are good throughout and there is nothing really terrible present. The title track is the finest according to me, it does set a good tone, a tone that the rest of the album doesn’t quite live up to. It is fine but not really memorable, is another way to look upon it. I think that with all those guests, especially so many voices, it should be possible to make something a lot more exciting, something that really stands out and not just a generic Swiss styled melodic hard rock/metal album. It is good but also a little bit disappointing.

Could be worth checking out if you are into the likes of Crystal Ball and other similar Swiss bands, but of course also if you enjoy what Wolfpakk has done before. It could also be likeable if you enjoy the classic stuff in the hard rock or metal genre, it is good but not very memorable.