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„Rise of the Animal“ is the third album from Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Mad Max) and Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystall Ball), who, together with numerous, changing guest musicians, make up the project, Wolfpakk. It is already the third time the two masterminds of the project invite musicians like Marc Storage, Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, Jeff Watson, Axel Rudi Pell or Mike Terrana, to name but a few, to be part of a new Hard Rock album. Like always, the songs are great and rock as they should but somehow I don´t remember much of them afterwards. Even though the catchiness factor is rather low, the songs are still of high quality and you really like to listen to them. One of the reasons is that there is not just one singer but many, lowering your risk of getting bored or annoyed over time.
Another issue is the allocation of songs between the singers. For instance, with “Sock it to me”, the voices of Marc Storage and Mark Sweeney don´t really fit together. Singing alone would have been a much better choice, in my opinion. Sweeney´s unique vocals certainly make it hard to find a suitable vocal partner for him. But, perhaps, this is just a matter of taste. My favorites are “Monkey on your Back” and “Rise of the Animal”, featuring Michi Kiske. Independent of this new record, I feel it´s time the guys take this project to a stage, if only for a special show. It must be possible to get all the guys together for one show, mustn´t it? As a studio project only, it could become quite boring in the long run.
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