Review and Photo by Jake Hageman
After waiting a long 9 years for Powerwolf to come tour North America, I had absolutely no problem driving 14 hours to Denver, Colorado to see the show at the Odgen Theatre! After discovering some of the other popular power metal bands in 9th grade that I also love (Gloryhammer, Sabaton, Alestorm), Powerwolf was one that stood out to me. Before we get into that, let’s first talk a little bit about the first band of the night.
Symphonic power metal band Seven Kingdoms took the stage right away. About a year and a half ago, I saw these guys when they opened for Unleash the Archers. Lead by Sabrina Valentine and her hamburger slippers, the band put out some pretty good energy. I know power metal is supposed to be fun and sometimes wacky, but I wasn’t too fond of the hamburgers on stage. They did the same thing when I saw them a year and a half ago as well. I wish they brought more of a theme to the stage that would give me a “wow” factor. Other than that, they sounded really well.
Hailing all the way from Germany, Powerwolf finally made their way to the United States for a 7-show tour (1 show in Canada), and I couldn’t be more excited for the metal mass to happen in Denver! As soon as I started listening to this band, they instantly became one of my favorites. If you haven’t heard of this band before, I highly suggest you look into them! I’ve said this in another reviews, and I’ll say it again. I really like when bands are theatrical or when they have a unique theme. Powerwolf uses religious themes and writes songs about werewolves, vampires, and other kinds of dark creatures.
Right after Seven Kingdoms left, the audience soon started to shout “Powerwolf”. One by one, the band members took the stage in their signature black and silver robes. There was no time wasted right away. As soon as they came on, they started to play their first song “Faster Than the Flame”. Lead singer Atilla Dorn was particularly impressive, his voice filling the entire room and commanding attention. Another thing I really liked about him was how much he interacted with the audience. Backing up Attila is the rest of the band – guitarist Matthew Greywolf, bassist Charles Greywolf, keyboardist Falk Maria Schlegel, and drummer Roel van Helden. Together, they create a sound that is both heavy and melodic, with driving guitar riffs and intricate keyboard melodies.
In summary, Powerwolf’s concert was nothing short of an epic display of musicianship, showmanship, and theatrics. It’s clear that the band’s dedication to their craft and their fans has earned them a place in the hearts of many. If you have the chance to see them live, don’t hesitate – it’s a concert experience like no other. The 28 hours of total driving was well worth it!
Powerwolf Setlist: Faster Than the Flame – Incense & Iron – Army of the Night – Amen & Attack – Dancing With the Dead – Armata Strigoi – Beast of Gevudan – Stossgebet – Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend – Fire and Forgive – Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone – Sainted by the Storm – Resurrection by Erection – Blood for Blood (Faoladh) – Let there Be Night