|Review: Whirlwind - 1714|
Label: Fighter Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: October 20, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
Whirlwind, a project of Körgull the Exterminator guitarist Mark Wild, is a band that plays a mix of power and traditional metal on their debut album 1714. They break out the pirate/high seas vibe for "Rebel's Arise," which features double-kick drums and rapid guitar modulations, and "Cannons of Infuriation," which is slower but still has a rolling, sea shanty melody. They go for a straight up heavy metal approach on "Immortal Heroes" with its galloping bass line and "Under Siege," which is built upon a simple yet effective double guitar harmony and an air-raid siren scream on the chorus. Theirs is a fist-pumping, axe-wielding approach and their conviction comes through in the raucous performances. The songwriting is pretty good overall but there aren't enough catchy hooks or monster riffs to make the album stick in your head after it is over, though it's a fun listen while it is on. A mix of Running Wild and Judas Priest is a good foundation, but Whirlwind will need to do a bit more to stand out from the crowd of other bands going for that same aesthetic.
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