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2 Wolves: Men of Honour

I could find virtually no useful information on this band when I did a quick perusal of the interent. I found a website which gives absolutely no info on the band other than a couple of pics, some reviews and a discography. Oh and there are also links to the band's Facebook and Myspace pages, both of which give no bio info. Metal Archives was also fairly unhelpful, but did give the info that the band is from Finland, have a previous album released and play "symphonic industrial metal".

Now, I don't know where the "symphonic industrial metal" tag comes from as I really don't hear that on this album. To me, a symphonic industrial metal band would sound like a cross between Ministry and Therion with some actual industrial and symphonic sounds present. Men of Honour sounds neither industrial nor symphonic.

Instead of symphonic industrial metal what greets the ears at the beginning is an almost mellow-death sound with a lot of keyboards thrown in for good measure-Maybe keyboards are supposed to be the symphonic part? Despite this mis-tagging of sound the band is actually quite good. Sound-wise the band reminds me of a cross between Amon Amarth (Vocally) and earlier Sonic Syndicate. Believe it or not, this actually works and makes for a enjoyable album that while it has some rough spots ("Of Painful Days" in particular is in particular, um painful.), it is still worthy of purchase or at the very least a stream on Spotify. While the band does venture into some more poppy territory at times in songs such as "Stars" and "Warm Touch of Forthcoming Tragedy", it should in general appeal to most metal fans.

As long as you don't go into this album expecting "industrial symphonic metal" you should have a good time listening to Men of Honour.

Highlight tracks are "Bygones" and "Stars"

Track Listing
1. Bygones
2. Unreal Conversations
3. Warm Touch of Forthcoming Tragedy
4. Of Painful Days
5. Stars
6. The Path of Misery
7. Same Different Burden
8. The Battle of Two Wolves
9. Enemy Inside

Added: December 29th 2012
Reviewer: Curtis Dewar
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 2516
Language: english

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