The first review of CD Desire & Rage is out! It was made by Metalzone.info server and you can find it HERE
When you look at the lineup of the band called Warchild (Aleister – solo guitar, solo vocals, Samael – guitars, vocals, Marky – keyboards, vocals, Nestorat – bass, vocals) you'll certainly notice that some 3/4 of it are also the editors of this webzine and that's why my opinion on this record must be a bit personal. However I will try to push back all the sentiment and break down the album as objectively as possible.
As you certainly noticed, there was no drummer mentioned in the lineup and that's because a computer programmed drummer was used while recording of the CD and it's quite obvious already in the first song. Not that the automatic drummer was badly programmed, but „Bloody Shadows Of London“ generally suffers from a bad sound and that also makes the artificial drum sound stand out more than during the other songs. From the second song on the sound gets better, though. „Hell Of Despair“ is quite a fair portion of beastly black metal with some momentary thrash riffs and a final doomy part. Followed by „Burning“ which really is a song that kicks hard, which comes out rather thrashy. Next piece of music „Old Man's Legend“ is started by a xylophone part played probably on keyboards which turns into a folk metal interlude, which is then wiped out by a black betal storm, but the folkish atmosphere is still present throughout the song. Vocals of the only female member of the band Marky can also be heard, although it's a pity that she didn't get the chance to sing more.
If I had to choose the best song on the album it would be the fifth song „Warrior“. Plain grind massacre také turns with quite progressive interludes and from this song on, the music continues in this vein. No real musical boundaries, Warchild play and mix with all possible extreme metal genres. I personally quite liked the song „Last Goodbye“ which again has this progressive touch to it and overally it's very well composed. As the bonus song we have quite an interesting remake of „Canon In D Major“ from Johann Pachelbel, which could very well appear on some power/sympho metal album.
What can easily appeal to the listener is the number of diverse vocals on this CD. The cornerstone are Aleisters raven shrieks, which now and then drop to death growling or rough thrash rasps. In choruses he’s backed up by Samael and Nestorat. And last but not least, Marky's clean vocals are there, too.
If I was to sum it all up somehow, I'd say it's quite a good album musically considering that everything was self-made and with limited budget. That's why it's quite tolerable that the sound is not always perfect, which could be also improved by hiring a live drummer, who would have to be pretty good though, which doesn't make the search for him much easier. What I have to point out is the overall work done on the CD. Not only that there is the mandatory audio section, but also a data section with three videoclips, lyrics or the ability to directly browse the band's website.
Overall rating: 7,5/10