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Review: WarCall - Dead End Pt. 1
Dead End Pt. 1

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 20:45
Tracks: 4
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 9, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Dead End Pt. 1

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

I reviewed this band's album Invaders more than three years ago and back then I thought that the melodic death metal tag attached to them wasn't quite fitting. On this new EP, there's definitely a lot more of that, so much so that at times I felt like I was listening to stuff from the Gothenburg scene some 20+ years ago. But the EP isn't limited to that as there is nevertheless a very strong thrash vibe to be found here where the music is harsher and more aggressive ("Death Wish" fucking slays). These guys are really good at spreading melody all over while keeping a hard edge to their music; that was true on Invaders and it's still true here. There are more than a few nods to old-school traditional metal in the guitar work as well as some subtle, hard-hitting, visceral power metal elements that are a little reminiscent of Quebec City's Hanker's more power metal-ish moments. The vocals are more on the melodic death side of things, a harsh more-or-less growly style that's decipherable enough if you pay close attention. At just under 21 minutes, Dead End Pt. 1 packs a lot of variety that makes it hard to pigeonhole it into a specific genre, so if you like hearing a band that's experimenting with its sound while remaining within the confines of metal, this one is certainly worth a look.

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