first solo album 'Praises to the War Machine' Warrel Dane steps out of
the confines of Nevermore and delivers an album that is a lot more
straightforward and shows Warrel's fascination for old-school Goth - "Lucretia
My Reflection" is a Sisters of Mercy cover-version - as well as thrash metal
has been working together with Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) on this album,
resulting in a much more song based approach to creating songs. Warrel has
written all the lyrics and melodies for the album, while Peter handles the
guitars, bass and he has produced the album as well. Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork)
on drums and Matt Wicklund (ex-Himsa) on guitars completes the line-up, and Jeff
Loomis and James Murphy appears on a song each.
touches base with many of the themes we know from Nevermore; religion ("When We
Pray"), depression ("Let Your Down") and the lack of confidence in today's
government ("The Day the Rats Went to War"), as well as some more personal
issues, like the very emotional 'Brother'. Once more he pays tribute to one of
his favourite lyricists Paul Simon, with a very cool version of "Patterns"
(Simon & Garfunkel).
this is straighter and to the point, but off course there's references to his
main band, just listen to the brilliant opener, the angry and aggressive "The
Day the Rats Went to War", or the two closing tracks. The special moments are
reached with the very dark, gloomy and depressive sounding "Brother", the
brilliant ballad "Your Chosen Misery" and both cover versions are done with
is one the most versatile vocalists in modern metal, and he delivers his best
performance ever on this album, showing his full range, diversity and class on
each song. On some occasions he completely overshadows the music and shows just
why he is considered one the most influential vocalist in metal today.
How easy is
it to be totally objective when you review one of your absolute favourite
artist's solo work?
Not that easy - I have been listening to this brilliant album for the past month
now, have let it sink in and settle with me. And I must say that this is close
to perfection and does live up to my expectations, expectations that were very
high. Warrel and his partners in crime have managed to create an innovative and
exciting album that I keep returning to with good reason.