WARRION - AWAKENING THE HYDRA (Pure Steel Records/H'Art)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Warrion is a new band that US Power Metal fanatics should give a shot, as a matter of fact they should already know this band. Why? Because Michael Vescera (Killing Machine, Obsession, Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen and many more) is the front man of this new formation and is reason enough to purchase it. Furthermore you will see that Keith Knight (Aska) is the bass player of the band, besides Ron Ravio Warrion and Tim Thomas (Abattoir, New Eden, Hirax, live performer Agent Steel) on guitars. On the drums we meet Rob Brug (Halloween, Damien). An all-star US Power Metal band, so what do you expect?
What you will expect is what you will get, first class US Heavy/Power Metal! One after another finger fast guitar solo will fly into your direction, heavy based riffing, blistering drum parts… Warrion adds a constant dark atmosphere into their ingredients, although in my opinion it might have been much darker! The tempo goes up (“Awakening The Hydra”) and goes down, acoustic intermezzos are foreseen. I adore tracks like ”Savage” and the mighty “Adversary” because of the mind-blowing vocal lines! Warrion crosses the boundaries of neo-classical Metal and both axe men are responsible with their often hyperactive leads for it. This isn't total retro worship, but there's no denying where Warrion's primary influence comes from, Eighties Metal!
Warrion also uses an epic touch once and a while but the brand is for the biggest part old school US Power Metal and thanks to the outstanding voice of Mike Vescera this album is addictive to me! I adore this kind of high soaring voices, strung, with an aggressive undertone and ripping your flesh of constantly! The strength of mister Vescera is that he contains a very melodic voice and his strong pair of lungs are able to bring a wide range of different vocal lines. When his Godlike vocals are supported by superb leads you will understand Warrion is not just another band! Give this a listen and prepare to air guitar yourself into a stupor.
Influenced by the better NWOBHM, old Progressive Metal and even some thrashy riffing Warrion is able to deliver an album that will give you one after another kick. And of course the previous bands of the members were sources of inspiration but the band was able to take the better elements of these formations for their own private song writing! The result is “Awakening the Hydra”, a fantastic debut for US Power Metal fanatics like I am! This one already demands a follow up album!
A man I also need to mention is George Call. This lead singer of Aska and Banshee, former singer of Omen, contains one of the best voices in the Metal scène and was so friendly to help this band. On “Victim of religion” and “Serpent’s Fire” you can hear his fantastic vocals!
I don’t know if Warrion is only a project or a true band. Anyway we can only hope these guys will stay together for a long time because they prove why US Metal still reigns supreme! Okay, US Metal, as a genre, is far from the most popular subgenre in the global Heavy Metal scène but to me it is still the best a Metalhead can get! It goes back to the roots of what Heavy Metal was meant to be! Also lyrical wise this album is worth checking out!
What could have been much stronger is the production! A far better, maybe a bit more modern thinking man behind the mixing table could have made this record far stronger. That’s a pity, because it could have made “Awakening The Hydra”, along with arrangements that takes also non US Metal fans by the throat, an album none Metal fan could have denied. Now it is a great album in its style but this band will grow, remember my words. Check http://www.warrionband.com .
My Points: 86 / 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