Wolfpakk - 'Rise Of The Animal'

THE BAND:
Mark Sweeney – Lead Vocals
Michael Voss – Lead Vocals/Lead Guitars/Bass
Gereon Homann – Drums
Jean-Marc Viller – Backing Vocals
Martin Rauber – Guitars
Chris Ivo – Keyboards
Guest Musicians:
Marc Storace – Guest Vocals
Michael Kiske – Guest Vocals
Andi Deris – Guest Vocals
Ted Poley – Guest Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner – Guest Vocals
Rick Altzi – Guest Vocals
David Reece – Guest Vocals
Charlie Huhn – Guest Vocals
Don Dokken – Guest Vocals
Michaela Schober – Guest Vocals
Jeff Watson – Lead Guitars
Ryan Roxie – Lead Guitars
Bernie Torme  – Lead Guitars
John Norum – Lead Guitars
Doug Aldrich – Lead Guitars
Axel Rudi Pell – Lead Guitars
Martin Rauber  – Lead Guitars
Bob Daisley – Bass
Al Barrow – Bass
Barend Courbois – Bass
Pablo Allen – Bagpipes
Mike Terrana – Drums
Mark Schulman - Drums
Simon Philips - Drums
Chris Slade - Drums

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Rider Of The Storm" - (Andi Deris of Helloween) - This intro opens with a heavy Alex Lifeson (RUSH) rhythm guitar riff.  After about one measure a second rhythm guitar arrangement kicks-in.  Underneath the two rhythm guitar arrangements there was several tom-tom fills along with several cymbal crashes.  As the intro progresses both the rhythm and lead guitar switch to the same rhythm guitar arrangements.  There was an arrangement change for me musical verse.  The drum line of the musical verse was played with a double-bass drum pattern.  There was a small snare fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical and lyrical verse had a very intense feel to them.  There was another snare fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  In between the backing vocals there was a huge lead vocal line.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  This solo was played by Jeff Watson of Night Ranger.  The lead guitar solo lead to a third chorus arrangement.                 
2.) "Sock It To Me" - (Marc Storace of Krokus) - Once you hear this track you will see why they made it the first single.  Sweeny's and Storace's vocals match perectly!!!!!  The other main highlight had to be the twin lead guitar solo!!!!
3.) "Monkey On Your Back" - (Ted Poley of Danger Danger) - This tack opened with a special effect before going into the intro arrangement.  The intro opened with a very simple rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a tom-tom pattern.  After the first measure of the pre-intro the main intro kicks-in.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main intro section.  The last note of the minor solo was carried over to connect the main intro section with the musical pre-verse.  Underneath the lyric lines of the pre-verse there was an elect iconic musical arrangement.  For the musical verse the band switched to a standard rhythm guitar arrangement.  The choruses had a huge Voss/Sweeny hook attached to it.  The drum line of the choruses were mainly done with tom-tom patterns.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo played by Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper)  As the solo progresses Michael Schulum switched to a double-bass drum pattern.  This double-bass drum pattern gave the solo a very intense sound. 
4.) "Highlands" - (Joe Lynn Turner) - This tack opened with a special effect before going into the intro arrangement.  The intro opened with a very simple rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a tom-tom pattern.  After the first measure of the pre-intro the main intro kicks-in.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main intro section.  The last note of the minor solo was carried over to connect the main intro section with the musical pre-verse.  Underneath the lyric lines of the pre-verse there was an elect iconic musical arrangement.  For the musical verse the band switched to a standard rhythm guitar arrangement.  The choruses had a huge Voss/Sweeny hook attached to it.  The drum line of the choruses were mainly done with tom-tom patterns.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo played by Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper)  As the solo progresses Michael Schulum switched to a double-bass drum pattern.  This double-bass drum pattern gave the solo a very intense sound.  Over the top of the coda there was a Michael Voss and Ted Poley duet.
5.) "Black Wolf" - (Rick Altzi of Maserplan) -This track opened with an acoustic rhythm guitar arrangement underneath an minor acoustic lead guitar arrangement.  For the musical verse the band kicks-in the electric guitar arrangement.  There was a small arrangement change for the musical chorus.  Scattered throughout the second verse there are several backing harmonies.  After the second chorus the band slows the musical arrangement down for the lead guitar solo.  After the second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a second drastic musical change for the coda.
6.) "Somewhere Beyond" - (David Reece of Accept) -This track opens with the effects of a helicopter and gun fire. Over the top of the musical intro there was a huge pick slide.  The musical verse had a very nice smooth to it.  There are two different rhythm guitar riffs underneath the musical verse.  The musical pre-chorus consisted of a rhythm change.  The chorus consisted of a rhythm change.  After the first chorus there was a lead guitar solo.      
7.) "Running Out Of Time" - (Don Dokken of Dokken) - This track opens with a simple rhythm guitar riff.  There was a small pick slide connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  It sounded like Don sange two vocal lines leading into the musical chorus.  There a was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the third verse there was a major lead guitar solo.  Scattered underneath the choruses there was sevrral lead guitar licks.
8.) "Grizzly Man" - (Charlie Huhn of Foghat) -This track opens with a special effect before leading into the main intro arrangement.  Over the top of the intro there was a vocal accent.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical an lyrical verse had a very simple feel to it.  There was an arrangement change for the hook of the chorus.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo section.  The coda consisted of several chorus repeats. 
9.) "High Roller" - This track opens with the effects of a coin rolling into a jukebox.  This intro opened with a blues riff over the top of several cymbal crashes.  There was small snare fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two seperate rhythm guitar arrangement.  The chorus was very reminescent to early Krokus.  After the chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  There was a major lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with the third verse.  This lead guitar solo sounded as if it was a twin a twin lead guitar solo.
10.) "Rise Of The Animal" - (Michael Kiske formerly of Helloween) -This track opens with gunfire.  The musical intro opens with a keyboard arrangement as the intro progresses the band add more keyboards over the top of it.  There was a snare drum pattern underneath the keyboard arrangements.  The main musical intro had a huge intense feel to it.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There was a rhythm guitar and breakdown section connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section.  As the breakdown progresses it speeds up a little leading to the lead guitar solo.  This was progressive metal at its finest!

     Mark Sweeney (ex Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max/MSG/Casanova) the hard rock and heavy metal duo are back howling back at the moon with their third release titled 'Rise Of The Animal'.  The CD will be released on February 27, 2015 through AMF Records.  These two leaders of the Wolfpakk after three CD's have horned their sound down to a complete perfection! Since day one, the concept of this amazing project was to reveal the essential talent of Voss & Sweeney with high level musical performances, and to let the world know by adding some enlightenment provided by the reputation and the notoriety of the famous guests of players and singers.  That the duo would have something very special.
  Though I was very partial to "Sock It To Me" not so much because of Marc Storace, though that did not hurt.  It was mainly because it was just a very well-rounded song that showed Mike and Mark's written and performing talent.  'Rise Of The Animal' is equally as great has the two previous releases and makes a great collection for any fan of metal!!!