WARDRUM - MESSENGER (Steel Gallery Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Here’s a another candidate for my personal album top 20 list of 2013, Greek Power Metal band Wardrum just released its new, third album entitled “Messenger” through Steel Gallery Records. Formed in Thessaloniki, Hellas three years ago – this new album is made from the purest, most shiny way of metal… “Messenger” offers more than one hour of US Metal influenced songs who know to touch me real deep. The individual assessment of every musician knows no boundaries, one by one these guys are top-notch! Wardrum’s line-up consisting out of a superb, high pitched singer Yanis Papadopoulos – a darn good, over the top skilled shred guitarist Kosta Vreto – full technical trained bass player and producer/mastering chief of this new album Kostas Scandalis and last but not least they have a fantastic drummer full of precision tricks named Stergios Kourou within their ranks.
I discovered Wardrum during the release of their debut “Spadework” and immediately got a place in a sub division of my entire CD collection appointed by me as highly esteemed albums. Successor to this effort was called “Desolation” and again, they knew how to impress me with such a great load of mighty good Power Metal tracks, a product that was also referred to my special section of killer CD’s as well. As for Wardrum’s new recording “Messenger”, same story to tell. Could this be their best effort so far? Well, these guys’ pervious releases were so good it’s hard to judge about that. Since their first output, my appreciation for their music style is only grown so allow me to say that, along with new album, Wardrum have reached such a high level that they will face the absolute top real soon… Power Metal of this calibre, I’m hooked on !
“Messenger” contains at least 14 songs (running time: 60+ minutes!), due to the very well done production and killer compositions, you can rest assured that there are no weak moments to detect throughout the entire running time. ‘Shelter’ and surely the great sounding title track bring my body temperature to a high level right on. To all fans of US Power Metal, you’re warned! The speed is on, the guitar riffs roar in a technical way, the leads are razor sharp and melodic to the bone, the drummer seems unhinged and finally the vocals pierce my heart and soul. Wardrum is a band from Greece but their music reflects so much comparisons with almighty US Metal music, I just can’t get enough of these guys’ way of Metal. These first two songs set the right tone for the rest of the CD. Overall, “Messenger” has a strong varying character, sometimes the pace is kept moderately – sometimes the speed is inflated so boring moments are not welcome here. It's the many alternations brought by a bunch of excellent players making the new Wardrum album so attractive.
Fans of US Metal in the vein of Riot, Sacred Warrior, Mystic Force, Aska, Fallen Sanctuary, Screamer, Crimson Glory, Lethal I would like to give the good advice to check out Wardrum’s new album “Messenger”. And don’t forget to pay full attention to their previous albums “Spadework” and “Desolation” as well, brilliant stuff all the way out! Order at: www.steelgallery.com / http://www.wardrum.gr/
My Points: 89 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish