Montreal, Canada’s capital of Metal (or Capitale du Metal, if you want), has spit out another before unknown band that is trying to take a piece of the ever growing cake that is Heavy Metal. WARCALL is the name of this quintet that has set out to take the Melodic Death Metal fanbase by storm, a tall order if you look at the amount of releases that this style has seen since the mid-Nineties, but then again, it has been kind of laying somewhat dormant over the past few years, so maybe a swift kick in the rear might reanimate the aging sub-genre.
“Demonarchy” is the debut of the band that originally operated under the name of PLAN B and has three demos, one single and an EP to that name, and it definitely has the potential to give this scene some much needed fresh air. While not being original in any way, WARCALL’s delivery is fresh, powerful, with good drive and melodies and this tight-knit feeling that just gives you this sense of urgency, if you understand what I mean? Just listen to the first full song “WarCall – The Landing”, where the guys belt out a powerful, fast Melo Death track with both hoarse and deeper growls, excellent melodies, that will take your heart by storm, if you like this style, no matter how many bands you have heard in the past.
One problem with many Melodic Death Metal bands, especially of the second generation, has often been that they went one-dimensional in their approach and just made sure to have all the standard ingredients, but did not really venture much further. Of course we still get the fast and furious tracks such as “The Black Death”, “Rampage”, “Man Bites Dog” or the far more aggressive and less melodic “Ribcrack” (which is my least favourite track on “Demonarchy”, btw), but then we get “Walk The Plank” that almost has a Viking Metal feel to the rhythm or “Blood For The Sun” that even features some semi-clear vocals, which also work very well.
So as I had mentioned, originality is not really WARCALL’s strong suit, but I don’t really care for that, if the material is delivered with conviction and freshness and the Quebecois are on the right way here for sure. The clear production does its part in making this album very enjoyable and we don’t really need a new, full wave of Melodic Death Metal to have fun with this. Thumbs up!
(Online October 10, 2010)