|Review: Warhead (Russia) - Strange Age|
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 21, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
Yes you guessed it, this isn't the Belgian thrashers. This particular Warhead are an unknown quantity to myself, being a Russian band from an unknown label, it's quite surprising to find that this is actually their fourth full length effort! Early on in my first listen, it's pretty obvious that Warhead own quite a few Bolt Thrower albums, and maybe even the odd Entombed one too.
This is not to say that they are another bunch of useless clones however, they are quite a strange prospect in fact, massive quirky riffs and time signatures all incorporating into a very unique sound. Clean vocals, oddball licks and ethereal delay drenched reverberating acoustical passages mid-song seem to turn these guys on the most, but there is still the odd chuggy mid tempo and melodic death riffage coupled with double bass drum work fading in and out for an 80's solo.
Still with me?! I wouldn't really call this death metal, in fact its damn hard to classify it at all without lumping it in with the 'oh so easy' avant-garde section, but I suppose it would be death & roll is the nearest sub-genre, but even that doesn't even touch on the sounds that flood your ear canals when listening to this. I wouldn't call Warhead a great band, as they do get a bit too strange for their own good, alienating the listener, not to mention confusing the crap out of him too.
However, they certainly deserve respect for trying something different that sounds unique, and doesn't sound like Morbid Angel or Cannibal Corpse, which is something of a novelty in death metal nowadays… not that they're death metal… oh bollocks to it… here goes again! ARRGGHH!!
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