WARDRUM - SPADEWORK
STEEL GALLERY RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
mentioned it over and over again – do not bring yourself into a despising
situation compared with the Heavy Metal movement from Greece… if you do,
you’re totally wrong! I will underline once again the fact that the Metal
movement over there has awesome bands on the map – end of story, no doubt
about it Greek label Arkeyn Steel Records brings out fantastic Classic US Metal
albums but the debut from Wardrum saw daylight through their sub-label named
Steel Gallery, also run by Kostas Athanasogiou.
basically I never heard of them before, just released their debut album
“Spadework” and I'm a really satisfied with this way end result. They’re
from Greece but while checking out the entire CD it’s obviously clear that
Musically wise, Wardrum is mainly inspired by the forces of American Metal music
in the vein of Titan Force / Jag Panzer, Warlord, Dio, early Conception /
Crimson Glory, … Classic US Metal Gods you know!
speak about the guitar duties only I can only be very positive – no fake shit
here, the Wardrum axeman Kosta Vreto (Uli Jon Roth, Horizon’d End, Paul
Di’Anno) delivers the real deal in outstanding guitar delivery. Their hard
pulling string method of the riff duties seem perfect to me, unwarped and
straight to the core and I can say just the same about the godlike, melodic solo
works… guitar wizardry according to my own opinion! Stergios Kouro’s (Horizon’s
End) technical drum beats alternating with technical bass killing moves by
Kostas Scandalis (Horizon’d End) keep holding me in a mood of complete
satisfaction but what to say on Wardrum’s vocal use?
in charge Piero Leporale once was the frontman of legendary Uli Jon Roth and
throughout the years he also worked alongside icons like Jeff Scott Soto, Ian
Paice, Dokken and many others. Well, this guy has a special colour and differs
in so many ways from other singers, I’d like to describe him as pretty unique.
He has such a versatile manner to shout out his vocal notes, versatile all the
way out… he’s able to use his voice in ways ranges from melancholic to
dramatic wise – every now and than he even sounds a bit sentimental, breakable.
As a singer in a Metal band you can only be very pleased having a voice like
Piero. Another name that has been added to my personal list of unique Metal
listening to all of the songs I gotta feeling that the music perfectly follows
the character of the vocals. Pure melodic, some kind of dark minded
spiced with progressive catchy elements – ask me for the outcome of the total
concept and the only way to answer that question is an easy task to complete…
OUTSTANDING! Only moments of full joy on Wardrum’s debut album “Spadework”
– feel the heat and passion of awesome Heavy / Power Metal served with a
complete emotional, dark progressive attitude… songs that’ll bring you in
seventh heaven are: opener ‘The Meaning Of Forever’ (very emotional
vocals-superb with early Dio guitar riffs!),
‘Crest Of The Wave’ (great melodic piece), wanna go fast check out
the song called ‘Soultrip’ and even more catchy moments can be found in a
track entitled ‘Turn About’ which is actually a ballad that’d been
recorded acoustic. ‘Circle Of Hate’ includes a great package of excellent
guitar riffs / leads taking me back into the good old days of Classic US Metal…
fave of mine!
like this makes me feels good – no fashion Metal shit to detect, instead
Wardrum only plays it all for real, well skilled and emotional loaded.. Great
output to me. Feel free to take a look at a video clip they’ve made for the
song ‘Crest Of The Wave’ right HERE.
Order possibilities at: http://www.steelgallery.com/
Satisfaction complete… must-have for True Metal maniacs!
My Points: 92 / 100 (Review by Stefan)
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