Wolfgang

Wolfgang

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In 1995, Philippine metal/hard rock band, Wolfgang, released its self-titled debut album, Wolfgang. Built with fierce riffs and precision timing, the intense sound of Wolfgang is also malleable and can instantly veer or slowly drift to a repeated, catchy refrain, or to a fully conceived guitar solo. Wolfgang mostly downplays melody in favor of tight group interplay, as heard on such tracks as "Arise," "Halik ni Hudas" (Kiss of Judas) and the masterful "As Oceans." Consisting of four members, Wolfgang" utilizes a line-up of vocalist, guitar, bass and drums. The lyrics of Wolfgang run through various abstract observations of the human condition. In "What Grows in Your Garden," the metaphor of rain as rebirth and salvation initially stands prominent: "Well now the rain washed back yesterday;" only to become a source of disgust: "Hoping more rain will wash your garden away." Released in the afterglow of the grunge era, several tracks, including "What Grows in Your Garden" and "Natutulog Kong Mundo" (My Sleeping World), have a hazy, "grungy" aura musically. Six of the songs are performed in English and two in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. Though a Philippine band, Wolfgang's music is dominated by such Western influences as the former Soundgarden, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and, especially, pre-crossover Metallica. The interplay between guitar and voice is paramount in the sound of Wolfgang, and it is no accident the songwriting is credited to the entire band.

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