|Review: Warmen - Beyond Abilities|
Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 21, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Warmen is the side project band of Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne Warman and if you are looking for something similar to COB this is not the album for you. Although you will not find the speed and guitar wizardry that have come to trademark COB you will still find a very good album none the less.
In all reality it is not fair to compare these two bands as the music has a different driving force and this is not an album that is trying to compete with what COB does. What you will find with this release is a much better than average power/prog metal album.
Normally when you see side projects done by a talented keyboardist the first thought that comes to mind is the hope that this will not be some over the top keyboard "wankering". I can easily say that is not the case with this album. This album does have its moments where you think that the song was strictly written to showcase Jannnes talents but those are few and far between. The majority of the time you will get really well written songs with excellent hooks with some of metals premier vocalists doing guest spots. Guests on this album include Jari Kainulainen (Stratovarius bassist), Roope Latvala (Sinergy, Waltari guitarist), Kimberly Goss (Sinergy vocalist), Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius vocalist), Pasi Nykanen (Throne of Chaos vocalist). With this amount of talent around it is certainly not surprising how well this album turned out. This is album is filled with incredible musicianship all the way around with a very technical and melodic feel that ties everything together.
Overall I really enjoyed this album and can highly recommend this to any fan of power or prog metal. If you had fears of an album that would be filled with just instrumentals and music that only musicians can enjoy you can now lay those fears aside and pick this album up :)
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