MetalBite Review by Tomek on 7/15/2016
Times when melodic death metal ruled in my CD player are long gone, but every once in a while an album pops up that reminds me of those good old days. Poland's Warbell
has some melodic elements that bring In Flames, Dark Tranquility
and At The Gates
to mind, but also has this harsh factor in their music that reminisces of Arch Enemy
and Holy Moses
way of doing things. The album was released at the end of 2015 without some huge promotion so if it flew under your radar - you may need to do some research. To me it is one of the stronger melodic death metal debuts Iíve heard in a while.
Full album consists of 15 songs and lasts around 56 minutes so if it comes to giving your money worth we are getting spoiled here. Did I mention that this is a debut album? It is their first full length record and Warbell
is giving us a little bit of everything when it comes to melodic death metal. The songs are packed with energy and melody and all of them burst with liveliness. There are couple of instrumental pieces that somewhat cut in between the songs but with guitars putting out tons of melodic hooks and wonderful solos, tremendous drumming, very well positioned bass rumble and vocals by Karolina there is no chance for any monotony. Yes, you read that right, there is a female vocalist present in the band and the growling, roaring and rasps she puts out are quite stunning (also the reason I mentioned Holy Moses
and Arch Enemy
). There is a little bit of clean singing thrown in for a good measure but only to enhance parts of the song rather than lead vocals and also some spoken passages but very short and kept in the background. Most songs are kept short but all of them come with a strong and aggressive punch supported by remarkable melodies and for a debut album that lasts almost an hour Warbell
managed to keep it exceedingly interesting all the way to the end.
brought many good songs with tons of passion for melodic metal with their album Havoc
and if they continue in the same manner on their next one it will be an album to look out for. I would recommend to maybe keeping it a little shorter and not doing everything by themselves but on the other hand why try and fix something that ain't broken.
Rating: 8 out of 10