WARFECT, a new thrashing act from Sweden, released their debut full length, “Depicting The Macabre”, in late 2009. The band clearly draws influence from all over the board. There’s quite a few hints into Sweden’s Melodic Death Metal past, but the overall sound is fairly groove oriented and sometimes reminds me quite a bit of MACHINE HEAD. While it’s nice to see the band drawing from a wide range of influences, it doesn’t seem to always work in their favour.
The sound is generally melodic and clean, but the tempos vary throughout. The opener, “Creation”, offers a fairly memorable riff and some technically diverse drumming, but overall, I think it’s a bit of lacklustre way to set things off. The vocals are a strange shouting style and don’t seem to meld with the music. The chorus is catchy enough, but it simply leaves me unconvinced. Fortunately things pick the hell up after this and the next two tracks are much more aggressive, which I think is the kind of music WARFECT play better. The vicious verses in both “Heathen Reigns“ and the title track just make me wonder why they didn’t open the album with a scorcher, because moments like these sound so much more confident. “Heathen Reigns“ has a very melodic chorus, which sounds a bit inapt at first but I find it fits better than “Creation“. It also packs a cool solo and a really nice outro. I find that faster tracks like “Supervised Life“ and “Truth Untold“ succeed much more than the slower ones (“Never To Return“, “Creation“).
Overall, this is a professional sounding debut from a new Swedish band. Nevertheless, I don’t think WARFECT have really displayed an album with a personality that is fully their own. The riffs are good, drums are nice, the vocals are mostly there, but everything just doesn’t really click in some moments. I appreciate the band’s effort and would say they have good potential, but I wouldn’t say they have displayed an identity of their own on this debut release.
Guest review by Rory Say
(Online April 11, 2010)