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Artist:

Dane, Warrel

Album:

Praises to the War Machine

Year: 2008
Format: CD
Label: Century Media
Genre: [Metal/Melodic Gothic Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.0


Nevermore's frontman Warrel Dane released his first solo album fairly recently, for which he brought along impressive group of musicians ranging from Soilwork-men Peter Wichers and Dirk Verbeuren to former Himsa guitarist Matt Wicklund. Peter Wichers also handled the production duties, and the outcome is a solid sounding metal release exploring the boundaries of Dane's distinctive delivery.

Musically Praises to the War Machine is more diverse than what we're used to hearing. Though certain elements are familiar from Nevermore records, a lot of new territory is explored as the sonic range varies from intriguing guitar melodies to more straight-forward riffing bordering with some gothic overtones at times - latter of which are most evident on Sisters of Mercy cover "Lucretia My Reflection".

Before listening to this record I was afraid it would be one of the way too many generic metal releases without much to offer, but fortunately I was proven wrong. Dane shows that he dares to explore different facets of his baritone range, and the music supports his dynamic delivery quite aptly throughout. Despite the material on this album being of steady quality, the mellow tracks showcase more depth and emotion and hence stand out favourably from the rest. Overall, Praises to the War Machine deserves some... *gasp* ...praises, I'd say, and it's definitely recommended to any self-conscious metalheads out there.

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- MAGE (September 9th, 2008)



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LINE-UP:
Dane, Warrel: Vocals
Wicklund, Matt: Guitars
Wichers, Peter: Guitar & Bass
Verbeuren, Dirk: Drums

with
Loomis, Jeff: Guest on "Messenger"
Murphy, James: Guest on "The Day the Rats Went to War"
Producer: Wichers, Peter
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Dane, Warrel - Praises to the War Machine  CD  Cover Image
01. When We Pray
02. Messenger
03. Obey
04. Lucretia My Reflection
05. Let You Down
06. August
07. Your Chosen Misery
08. The Day the Rats Went to War
09. Brother
10. Patterns
11. This Old Man
12. Equilibrium

Length: 45:58
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