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Marcus Losbjer and Stefan Zell formed Wolverine in 1995. Stefan's younger brother Mikael joined pretty soon thereafter. In the early days the band played melodic deathmetal. A few line-up changes and three demos later Andreas "Bagge" Baglien and Carl-Henrik Landegren joined the band. Together they recorded Wolverine's fourth demo called Fervent Dream. The music had then evolved to melodic progressive-metal mixed up with some "growl-vocals", an element kept since the band's earlier days.
Shortly after the release of Fervent Dream the band got signed by Zizania Entertainment Group. Through Zizania the band released a partly re-recorded version of Fervent Dream as a mini-CD in November 1999. That same month they also performed outside Sweden for the first time in their career. Fervent Dream was received amazingly well by both media and audience. The band got amazing reviews and the CD soon sold out.
During 2000, Carl-Henrik Landegren was replaced by Per Broddesson and the band also signed on to a label called Emerald Factory which resulted in a re-release of Fervent Dream in April 2001. In July 2001, the band recorded their debut full-length album The Window Purpose at Spacelab in Kempen, Germany together with Oliver Philipps and Christian "Moschus" Moos both of Everon-fame.
In the autumn of 2001, the band parted ways with Emerald Factory and it was decided that the album would be released through DVS Records instead. A bassplayer, Thomas Jansson, also joined the band at this time since Stefan had decided to focus on his vocals.
The Window Purpose received an overwhelming reception by the fans and media. Wolverine also did a short European tour together with Canadian band Into Eternity.
In 2002 the band signed to Elitist Records, a sublabel to the much bigger Earache Records. Wolverine recorded Cold light of Monday during 2003. It proved that Wolverine was a band that wasn't afraid to try out different approaches with their music. The album scored really high points in several of Europe's leading magazines.
2005 saw the re-release of The Window Purpose, remastered and with a newly recorded version of the song Again which originally appeared on Fervent Dream. During the summer of 2005 the band, once again, went to Germany and the Spacelab studio to record the album Still. Unfortunately the band and Earache didn't see eye to eye on a few matters regarding the recording of the album. Both parties finally agreed to go separate ways. Not long thereafter Wolverine signed on to Candlelight Records and it was decided that Still would be released in June 2006.
During spring that same year Bagge left the band after 8 years as a member. He was asked to leave since his commitment to the band had faded and in order to go on as a band to be reckoned with Wolverine needed new blood. Bagge's replacement was a guy called Per Henriksson.
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Sweden's WOLVERINE have posted the following message on their official web site:
"It's with mixed feelings we have to announce that WOLVERINE is no longer a part of Earache Records.
"We released 'Cold Light of Monday' through Earache and we also re-released 'The Window Purpose' through them, two albums that we are very proud of. However, during the last months it became obvious that Earache wasn't the right label for us and that they wouldn't do 'Still', our upcoming album, justice.
"Being without a label is of course not the most ideal of situations for a band but at the same time we are confident that we'll find a label that suits us much better than Earache did.
"We would like to appologize to the fans that have been expecting 'Still' to be released soon. We hope you find comfort in the fact that the entire band feels that parting ways with Earache was the only right decision to make. With a little luck the album will be out in a not too distant future. Hopefully you'll feel when you listen to it that it was worth the wait.
"The hunt for a new label is on. Wish us luck! We'll keep you posted!"
Swedish Prog-Rockers, Wolverine are currently recording the follow-up to 2003's "Cold Light of Monday," tentatively due later in the year through Elitist/Earache. The following recording update was posted on the band's official web site:
Yesterday the recording of the drums began and to our great delight Marcus managed to lay down all songs except one on their first takes. The result is really great. It's always nice to be able to capture that extra energy that you tend to have during your first takes of a song. We recorded the drums at Studio Soundcreation in Bollnäs together with Per Ryberg with whom we recorded our very first EP with back in 1998. The reason we do the drums here and the rest at Spacelab is that it's darn expensive to transport the drums from Sweden to Germany. On Sunday we're off to Spacelab to continue our work. Can't wait!
Sweden's Wolverine have parted ways with guitarist Per Broddesson. "Per had been a member of the band since 2000 and he will of course be missed," the group write on their web site. "The decision to part ways was however mutual and there are no hard feelings involved in this split. The split took place only because of finiancial matters as well as musicial differences. From what we know, Per will continue his musical journey with his band The Doomsday Cult and we wish him the best of luck with that. Wolverine will, however, continue with full force as a 5-piece. Cliché or not, we have high hopes that our next album (which we hope to record next summer) will be our best effort to date. We are aiming for a non-concept album with songs more heavy and aggressive than on 'Cold Light of Monday'. We're simply in a heavy metal mode right now!!"
Wolverine's latest album, "Cold Light Of Monday", was released late last year through Elitist/Earache. Download an MP3 of the track "New Best Friends" at this location.
Sweden's WOLVERINE have commenced the songwriting process for their next studio album, tentatively due next year through Elitist/Earache Records. "This time around we won't do a concept album," the band write on their web site. "We decided we wanted to try to create an album that just has a collection of really great songs that are able to stand on their own. A new challenge that we very much are looking forward to. We hope to get together in a few weeks to continue our work."
WOLVERINE's latest album, "Cold Light Of Monday", was released late last year through Elitist/Earache. Download an MP3 of the track "New Best Friends" here.