Interested in hearing modern day prog-metal injected with a healthy dose of 80's power metal? If so, Seasons of the Wolf might be right up your alley. Should this combination sound rather ho-hum and done to death, then it would be advised to stop reading this review right now.
Hailing from Florida, this five-piece band has a few of the tools that over time could make them a formidable force. Sounding like a weird combination of Accept, Sanctuary, and Dream Theater, these guys deliver rock solid rhythms, driving tempos, fluid guitar work, atmospheric keyboards, and some interesting melodies. However, the lead vocals of Wes Edward Waddell are a tad grating, as he sounds like a cheap imitation of Udo from Accept. In addition, much of the lyrical content is quite laughable and cliched. A song like "Liar" at first listen sounds commendable, until you read the silly lyrics. While the band seems to want to play the prog-metal game, there is not much in terms of complex playing here. Sure, the band can play their instruments, but there is not much flashy noodling going on for those who look for that sort of thing. There are a few crunchy tunes that will catch your attention, such as "Magnetic Star" and "Storm of the Century", which have somewhat of an epic feel to them, but for the most part Nocturnal Revelation is a tad above the generic.