The band performed before a sold-out crowd at The Palladium in Times Square
Last night, metal titans Powerwolf performed in North America for the very first time. The band stormed the stage at a sold-out Palladium in New York City to hold the very first heavy metal mass on this continent. For a band of their caliber that has existed for two decades, a trip to North America was long overdue. The fans solidified this fact, showing up in a big way.
Long before doors opened, the line to get into the venue wrapped around the corner down Broadway. Fans were dressed the part, donning similar face paint and wardrobe to that of their heavy metal heroes. One fan went all out, dressed head-to-toe in a full wolf costume that looked like something straight out of a horror movie.
Even earlier in the day, Powerwolf fans from all over the Northeast gathered for a pre-show hangout next door at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
When doors finally opened, fans flocked to the merch booth. They snatched up merchandise that included a limited edition Heavy Metal Mass NYC t-shirt (which sold out quickly). A rep for the band’s record label said that the staff working the merch booth had never seen anything like it.
After a great opening set from symphonic metal veterans Seven Kingdoms, Powerwolf took the stage as the sold-out crowd chanted their name. The kicked things off with “Faster Than the Flame” and then launched into “Incense & Iron.” The fans were absolutely roaring.
“Thank you,” frontman Attila Dorn said. “It sounds like home.” The singer also took some time to apologize to the audience for taking so long to make it to American to perform. The capacity crowd was just happy to be witnessing a Heavy Metal Mass in person.
Towards the end of the set, the band premiered a new song “Sainted by the Storm.” The track is from their highly anticipated forthcoming release Interludium. The sweeping anthem garnered a more than favorable reaction from the crowd.
Other highlights from the bludgeoning set included “Army of the Night,” “We Drink your Blood,” “Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” and others.
The band wrapped things up with “Let There Be Night.” That couldn’t be it, thought. Not ever a two-decade wait. Fans didn’t take one step towards the door, and chants of “Powerwolf!” could still be heard. Finally, the group returned to the stage for a crushing three-song encore starting with “Sanctified with Dynamite.”
The very first Heavy Metal Mass on North American soil was an absolute triumph. With expectations set sky-high, the band rose to the occasion and delivered. Now, the Powerwolf congregation can only hope that next time the band returns to this continent, it’s at much bigger venues with all the spectacular fire and brimstone we’ve seen throughout their career in other parts of the world.
Due to overwhelming demand, the band recently has added a string of shows to their North American itinerary. They will now be stopping in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, and more. Tickets are in sale now HERE.
The German power metal titans released their last studio album Call of the Wild back in 2021 through Napalm Records. The album peaked at No. 2 on the German Albums Chart. In 2022, the band released a live stream event called The Monumental Mass – A Cinematic Metal Event.