WARREL DANE - PRAISES TO THE WAR MACHINE + 4 bonus (*NEW-GOLDMAX CD, 2022, Brutal Planet) Nevermore vocalist!


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WARREL DANE - PRAISES TO THE WAR MACHINE (*NEW-GOLDMAX CD, 2022, Brutal Planet) Nevermore vocalist!

  • Nevermore / Sanctuary vocalist!
  • Includes four bonus tracks with Jonny Smokes!
  • Authentically licensed 2008 classic album released on Century Media
  • With the coveted Brutal Planet GoldMax Deluxe CD reissue treatment
  • Elite 2022 Remaster by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
  • Gold Disc CD to discourage disc rot and add beauty and elegance
  • Every CD comes with a deluxe foil-stamped collector card of Warrel Dane
  • Expanded 16-page insert with lyrics and additional band pics
  • 89% Review on Metal Archives! (Scroll down to read)
  • Goth-metal cover of Sister Of Mercy's "Lucretia My Reflection"
  • Cover of Paul Simon classic "Patterns"
  • Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) on guitars and bass, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) on drums and Matt Wicklund (ex-Himsa) on guitars
  • Guest musicians Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) and James Murphy (Obituary, Testament, etc.)

In 2008 one of metal's most defining and revolutionary vocalists, Warrel Dane, celebrated his highly anticipated inaugural solo effort, "Praises To The War Machine", which saw him further honing his craft to perfection. Dane, who first shattered the boundaries of conventionality with the legendary Sanctuary and Nevermore, proved that he is one of metal's most diverse frontmen with this solo effort as he unleashes a barrage of introspective and personal lyrics that are heartfelt and extremely powerful. All of this emotion backed with his soaring angelic and dynamic vocals provides all of the necessary elements for a savagely captivating, melodic assault that quickly hooks you in. Before beginning this new venture Dane went out and surrounded himself with some of the best musicians that he could find. This search ultimately resulted in landing the renowned Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) on guitars and bass, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) on drums and Matt Wicklund (ex-Himsa) on guitars. The effort was also recorded and mixed by Wichers (coproducer Soilwork) and features guest musicians Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) and James Murphy (Obituary, Testament, etc.).Additionally this 2021 extended version reissues contains four live tracks from the album on side C featuring singer/songwriter Jonny Smokes which also will be available on all digital platforms. "Praises To The War Machine" is an absolute must for all Nevermore fans. Prepare yourself for the sheer beauty and elegance that awaits. Collector's are treated to a 16-page deluxe booklet housed inside a jewel case, a beautiful GoldMax CD, and it's all been remastered to perfection by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound!  

When We Pray 
Lucretia My Reflection 
Let You Down 
Your Chosen Misery 
The Day The Rats Went To War 
This Old Man 
(bonus tracks)
Everything Is Fading (acoustic live w Jonny Smokes)
Obey (acoustic live w Jonny Smokes)
Let You Down (acoustic live w Jonny Smokes)
A Very Good Year (acoustic live w Jonny Smokes)

When We Pray/Messenger/Obey/Lucretia My Reflection/Let You Down/August/Your Chosen Misery/The Day The Rats Went To War/Brother/Patterns/This Old Man/Equilibrium/Everything Is Fading (acoustic-live)/Obey (acoustic live)/Let You Down (acoustic-live)/A Very Good Year (acoustic-live)

It comes as no surprise that most ventures into writing a solo album by metal vocalists are, at best, forgettable and at worst, horrific. At times, the results are an inferior version of their main band's music. Other times, one can hear the culmination of negative aspects that the singer had let seep into his band's music (see Geoff Tate's self-titled album for just one example of this). Despite this, my expectations were still high in the days preceding "Praises To The Warmachine's" release. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Nevermore's "This Godless Endeavor" was (and still is) one of my favorite metal albums of all time. Even Dane's statement that this would be quite different from Nevermore was not enough to dissuade my excitement at the possibilities this album had to offer. In fact, not even the inclusion of Peter Wichers as Dane's chief songwriting partner could stifle my enthusiasm.

The songs as a whole are much more straightforward than the usual Nevermore song. There is usually a simple main riff and a typical verse-chorus structure. The instrumentation is far less complex, aside from a flashy solo each from Jeff Loomis and James Murphy in "Messenger" and "The Day The Rats Went To War," respectively. However, the riffs succeed in their simplicity, and the choruses stick in the mind, in a positive way as opposed to the 'so annoying you can't get it out of your head' manner of a typical pop song.

There are doses of alternative rock/metal along with some goth-rock influences as well. In addition, there is the especially effective use of atmosphere to guide and enhance some songs. Despite the presence of frequent Warrel Dane buzzwords like "pigs," "jester" and "parasites," the lyrics are a mix of the intellectually stimulating and the deeply personal. "Brother" and "This Old Man" are two examples of this deeply personal approach, the former being about Dane's emotional wounds after the failure of his brother to provide emotional support after the death of his mother. Dane does a fine job of allowing the listener into his life and allowing him/her to understand his cerebral process towards the circumstance.

There are two covers here, one being an almost unrecognizable cover of Paul Simon's "Patterns." The other is a goth-metal cover of Sister Of Mercy's "Lucretia My Reflection," which is so good that it is arguably the best track here. In some cases, having a cover ranking as the best song on an album is a sign of failure, yet because Dane does such an effective job of putting his own stamp on the song, it is nothing but a success. Ranking right up there with "Lucretia" is "August," which manages to be emotionally stirring while still being relatively heavy and not resorting to the typical ballad-structure. "When We Pray" has an irresistible hook that is classic Warrel Dane. "Your Chosen Misery" builds from soft acoustic guitars to a great harmonized chorus and is another favorite. "Equilibrium" ups the tempo and heaviness while still sounding quite different from Nevermore and is another highlight.

The only negative aspect of this album, besides the stock main riff of "Messenger," is the song "The Day The Rats Went To War." It's one of the heavier songs, but despite a good solo from James Murphy, this song is usually skipped.

"Praises To The Warmachine" is an album that can be utilized as music to rock out to in the car with the windows down and also serve as a conduit for introspection. Warrel Dane succeeds with this solo album because he successfully ventures into new territory without abandoning and alienating his supporters. This is a superb album that deserves to be heard beyond Nevermore's fan-base.

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