Direwolf is a one-man project headed up by Mike Lerner,
who also plays guitar in the extremely technical instrumental
Behold The Arctopus
Here, he does it all (vocals, instruments, programming),
blending black metal, technical progressive metal,
and a sci-fi storyline
to create a pretty unique album, one that apparently
was seven years in the making.
At times, the style leans to black metal with a progressive edge,
at other times (maybe a bit more often)
it sounds more like sped-up progressive metal with harsh vocals.
Either way, it's a rather unique style, and kudos to Lerner
for attempting it.
Overall, this is more focused than Arctopus, with songs
like "1,000,000 Enemis" almost qualifying as catchy
(not poppy by any stretch, but containing a riff/hook
that instantly lodges itself into the listener's brain),
yet Lerner's technical side shines through as well,
with some well-placed solos and complex riffs sprinkled
This is unquestionably recommended to tech/prog fans,
but black/extreme metal fans should also take a liking to this.
Beyond The Lands Of Human Existence
- World War IV
- Beyond the Lands of Human Existence
- 1,000,000 Enemis (Mercury's Disaster)
- Murder the Creatures Who Inhabit the Black Sun
- Final Flight
- The Prophet Failed pt.1: Confession
- The Prophet Failed pt.2: Lamentation
- The Prophet Failed pt.3: Departure