Wolverine Cold Light of Monday

Wolverine Cold Light of Monday
Rank Wolverine high on the list of misleading band names because Cold Light of Monday sounds nothing like the vocalisations of a vicious and smelly little animal. Despite roots that reach back into melodic death, Wolverine’s first record for Elitist is prog in a very traditional sense. With feet deep in thick textures of metal and influences spiralling back to ’70s progressive rock, Wolverine have crafted something Dream Theater-esque. But Cold Light of Monday is a deeply emotional expression of expert musicality that manages not to degrade into self-indulgent excess. Perhaps it’s the cold and desolate atmosphere that keeps the drama under careful control, even in the midst of a lyrical concept chronicling abuse and dejection, but it could as easily be a great line-up and intelligent songwriting and arranging that keeps everything in place. Rich layers of harmonies (and a brief hint of growl) balance equally lush instrumentation and well-executed leads, guitars and vocals alike. So many pieces — "Sarah,” "Dusk,” "The Final Redemption” — leave lasting imprints on the memory, but they belong in a complete unit, each part feeding the strength of the whole. Beautiful in its restraint, Cold Light of Monday ends in a sense of hope, offering redemption in spirit as well as in word. (Elitist)