|Review: Warhammer - Curse Of The Absolute Eclipse|
|Curse Of The Absolute Eclipse|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2002
Review online: December 30, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Curse Of The Absolute Eclipse
This was the fourth and final album by Germany's Warhammer, not to be confused with several other bands called Warhammer that are floating around. The crux of Warhammer's sound was basically Celtic Frost worship, as there was a quite obvious attempt to sound as close to classic CF as possible. Everything from the guitar sound, to the riffs to the gruff but understandable vocals just screams "Celtic Frost!" Now I don't call that a bad thing at all, as not very many people are thugging that style of riffy, primal stuff anymore, with a few exceptions like Goat Horn and Morningstar.
A lot of this album is fun. Songs like "Necrophobia" and "Crush The Disbeliever" get some old-school head-flailing going. So I have to say Warhammer were almost entirely successful in imitating Celtic Frost. The drawback to that is you get all the flaws in the CF sound: not enough variety, and limitations on what you can do musically. The problem with this disc is that too much of it sounds alike, and the songs blend together. Also, the disc is too long, and would have benefited by cutting 3 or 4 songs out.
But the main problem is that Warhammer are not as good riff-writers as Tom Warrior, and with the CF formula demanding pretty much one riff per song, well – it gets a little old by the time track 13 rolls around. This is a fun bit of retro, but it doesn't hold up well to repeated listens. One you haul out every once in a while.
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