Wolfheart, originally birthed as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Tuomas Saukkonen, shortly after became a full band by 2014. COVID may have pulled out the stop signs on their planned 2020 tour, but it was not enough to stop their creative force.
A force to be reckoned with comes the release of the EP Skull Soldiers, which lead-up from their previous album Wolves of Karelia. Skull Soldiers continues telling the story of war back in the winter of 1939. The songs Skull Soldiers and Hereditary respectfully delve into the minds of Finnish veterans fighting for their country and warding off Soviets from claiming territory.
Encapsulating a heartfelt journey on the brink of life and death over harmonious sounds of melodic death metal, with hints of black metal and prog. An acoustic version of Aeon of Cold from their 2015 album Shadow World can be heard. Bringing bassist Lauri Silvonen forward on vocals; a chilling sweet breath of air behind swirling acoustic guitar vibrations. Finishing with a live version of Reaper – drum-heavy, the synth adds contrast in tonality.
Overall, very well produced, and achieves the proper versatility expected in an EP. An invitation to listen to their catalogue, Skull Soldiers will leave you wanting more.
1. Skull Soldiers
3. Aeon of Cold – acoustic
4. Reaper – live
Release Year: 2021
Label: Napalm Records
Reviewed by Veronica Warda