Originally a brainchild of the 1990s WOLF COUNSEL finally came into existence in 2014 when two veteran musicians merged their enthusiasm for monumental low-tuned music and a great appreciation of heavy riffs into a new band. Primarily rooted in the style of late 70s and 80s prototype DOOM Metal their sound quickly developed a very unique and heavy signature drawing influences from everything that's HEAVY and SLOW.
In January 2015 the debut album "Vol. I - Wolf Counsel" was released digitally, on vinyl LP and CD by Counsel Records and Dead Center Productions.
The second album "IRONCLAD" was written and preproduced throughout 2015 - finally recorded at Hell's Kitchen- and Little Creek Studio in April 2016. Produced, mixed and mastered by V.O. Pulver for a worldwide release in September 2016 via Czar Of Crickets Productions/Plastic Head Distribution.
The third album "AGE OF MADNESS / REIGN OF CHAOS" was recorded and produced in May 2017 again at Little Creek Studio near Basel (CH) for a worldwide release via Czar Of Crickets/Plastic Head in November 2017.
Forward to 2018. The endless creative stream never stopped and the band wrote their fourth full-length within 3 months. “DESTINATION VOID” consists again of 7 new tracks that follow the path of classic epic Doom Metal with various haunting harmonies, sonic interludes and rather complex arrangements. Destination Void” was released in February 2019 and is a definite pinnacle in Wolf Counsel’s creative progression so far.
In 2020 a founding member of the band moved to Ireland which lead to a new and close creative collaboration with a new main singer and frontman based in County Cork, Éire. The musical direction was redefined and songwriting for a fifth full-length album started soon after. Wolf Counsel will live on with the addition of new influences, a new voice and new inspiration to deliver more pure Doom Metal with an even heavier and epic approach than ever before.
Wolf Counsel's music has been called "authentic and elegantly classic" by various print and online magazines with comparisons to a "nonstop evoking riffage summoning forth an experimental urge to slaughter a herd of sheep with razor sharp groove and bludgeoning vocal girth" amplified by descriptions like "the craft that has gone into these songs is as immense as the riffs" and "it's whole vibe is doomed than thou". Summarised some critics wrote that "Ironclad is the sound of Wolf Counsel reaching their potential very early in their career and it is clear from this album and its songs that they can only go even further from here".
WOLF COUNSEL played liveshows with bands like Procession (SE/CI), Epitaph (IT), The Order Of Israfel (SE), Castle SF (US), Year Of The Goat (SE), Obelyskkh (DE), Orange Goblin (UK), Dead Witches (UK), Iron Void (UK) and Ahab (DE) in several European countries.
Even before WOLF COUNSEL the bandmembers always had a deep interest in the arts of uncompromising spirituality, mysticism and philosophy.
These views and ways are strongly reflected in their lyrical and visual expression.
- Vol. I - Wolf Counsel (2015): Digital Album, CD, Limited VINYL Edition
- Ironclad (2016): Digital Album, CD, Limited VINYL Edition
- Age Of Madness / Reign Of Chaos (2017): Digital Album, CD, Limited VINYL Edition
- Destination Void (2019): Digital Album, CD, Limited VINYL Edition
WOLF COUNSEL is
Con Doyle – Vocals
Ralf W. Garcia – Bass/Vocals
Reto Crola - Drums
Andreas Reinhart - Guitars
Ralph Huber - Guitars