Wolverine - Machina Viva album review
Swedish prog-metal quintet Wolverine’s stuttering return.
Funny how, for some musicians, and indeed fans, progressive music has become defined by one chief characteristic – unconventional time signatures. Judging by this fifth studio album, Wolverine see it as an indispensable part of their sound. Driven by the rhythms of drummer and co-founder Marcus Losbjer, at times during The Bedlam Overture’s 14-minute opener, their sound resembles power metal with its shoelaces tied together. Three-legged time signatures seem to be their default, and sometimes it’s highly effective, adding to the brooding, uneasy feel of Our Last Goodbye.