Red Warlock
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 2009

Within the power metal genre you can perceive some sub-genres, a lot of bands play the 'happy' sing-a-long-choirs - the Helloween way, others the bombastic Rhapsody-like way; Red Warlock is neither. This Italian band, formed in 2005 plays a more darker on heavy guitar riffs based modern version. First track "Sabrewolf" is a good example of that. Of course there are links with several other bands, but I never get the feeling that I have heard it all before.

Especially the heavy riffs and the clean, but aggressive singing of Marco Piu (a kind of rough version of Jo Amore, Warrel Dane and Russell Allen) are well done. Not that Marco already belongs among those real top singers, but he is on his way. Another thing that sticks out are the guitar (twin) solo's. In a song like "The Mark of Betrayal" we hear a kind of neo-classical inspired solo that really addsy something to the song.

This 5-track (it's really a 4-track, "Endless Line" is an intro) has made some good impressions on me. This promo should be promising enough for record companies to show some kind of interest. And if they add 5-6 new and good songs in the same style there must be a market for their debut album.

Fans of Nocturnal Rites, Dragonland, Mystic Phrophecy, Nightmare, Iced Earth, Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, Evergrey and many more should check them out. Sounds promising...

01. Sabrewolf
02. The Mark of Betrayal
03. Awakening

Endless Line

05. Slave to the Master
Label: Self Released
Provided by: Red Warlock
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: October 3rd 2009