POWERWOLF's 2007 release "Lupus dei" marked a milestone in the band's biography. Not only that the five-piece arround maestro Attila Dorn could easily surpass the high expectations after their out of the blue debut "Return in bloodred" (2005) - "Lupus dei" recieved rave reviews everywhere and not seldomly was considered a soon-to-be classic. Metal hammer Germany even elected "Lupus dei" as one of the five most important metal albums of the year 2007.
Having made their name as a highly entertaining liveact, POWERWOLF didn't hesitate to make stages their own after the release of "Lupus dei". Kicked off with an memorable show at Germany's Summer breeze festival 2007, they soon embarked on a tour together with swedish doom-metal gods Candlemass, before jumping on the tourbus again to open up for german metal institution Grave digger. As the quickly increasing amount of POWERWOLF-supporters kept asking for more liveshows, the wolves went on a 3rd european tour, this time supporting their labelmates Brainstorm. Crowned by a celebrated appearance at Wacken open air 2008, the touring for "Lupus dei" established Powerwolf as one of the most unique liveacts in today's european metalscene.
Right after the touring was finished, the pack decided to channel all the fresh power of the liveshows into new songs. "Playing live brings to light what a band really is able to deliver, and everybody who has seen POWERWOLF performing during the last year knows what the wolf is about - pure power, pure metal, along with a haunting horror atmosphere - and that feeling was what we more than ever took as a basic for the songwriting" reports singer Attila Dorn. Bursting with new ideas and kicked by the adrenaline the enthusiasm shown by the fans left in their blood, POWERWOLF wrote their most energetic songs to date.
In fact "Bible of the beast" has become the most powerful and most heavy POWERWOLF album to date, adding a harsher edge to the typical POWERWOLF sound, while still including all the trademarks POWERWOLF are known for. Guitar player Matthew Greywolf: "When we started writing new songs it came clear that Attila had developed his voice to a new level of intensity and heavyness. He has explored a lot of really heavy bands during the last two years which he hadn't known before, and this probably left an impression. And with Attila raising the level of agression in his voice, it felt natural that the whole band followed during the songwriting process. We finally were able to set free all the power and strenght that lied hidden underneath the wolf's fur all the years, and it felt like now the time for its outbreak had come. The songwriting felt like a giant rush of energy, which songs as "Raise your first, evangelist" or "Werewolves of Armenia" display that quite clearly".
After three months of intense songwriting the band was ready to hit studios in November 2008, this time recording the basic tracks at Kohlekeller Studios near Frankfurt in Germany, while once again for the church organ parts they invaded a chapel near Thionville in Northern France. "Recording a real organ gives a much more haunting feeling to the music. No keyboard could ever transport that, and that's why we don't do it the easy way, but take the struggle to record a real organ in a church" says organist Falk Maria Schlegel. Moreover on "Bible of the beast" POWERWOLF realized a dream they kept since they started working with choirs on "Lupus dei". For "Bible of the beast", none less than 25 classically educated singers of the Musikhochschule des Saarlandes (a national conservatory for classical music) sang choir arrangements on eight of the songs. "We recorded the choir parts in the studio of the conservatory. I think it was the first time that these venerable walls had been shaken with heavy metal" smiles Charles Greywolf.
For the mix of the album, POWERWOLF once again worked with the legendary Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Hammerfall, Dimmu borgir), who seems to have outdone himself this time setting up a massive, powerful, yet transparent sound, that perfectly transports both the heavy edge as well as all the many details POWERWOLF put into this album.
"Bible of the beast" will be released on APril 27th, 2009 and for this summer..s festival season the first high-profile festivals such as Bang your head!!! or Summerbreeze are already confirmed - so be sure to witness the wolves mighty third crusade!!!