Reviewed: February 2000
Released: 2000, Noise Records
Until recently, if you had told me that Warhead had something to do with metal besides being a very cool Venom song, I probably would of been lost. So I will assume that most of you reading this are in the same boat and have not heard much, if anything, about Warhead. The band have been together since 1993 and this is their second album, their first for Noise records. The band consists of Peter Breitenbach (drums), Björn Eilen (vocals & guitars) and Benjamin zur Heide (bass & vocals).
“Beyond Recall” is a concept CD that tells a fictional story of a man sentenced to death and awaiting execution on death row. The story is told from the point of view of the killer and offers an insight into his thoughts. I won’t bother to reveal the gory details but suffice to say the guys pull it off in style without becoming preachy. The music on this CD ranges from thrash metal to traditional metal. I hear bits of bands like Judas Priest, Overkill and Slayer but it’s packaged together into something that is definitely their own sound. The band, although only a three-piece, are truly able to convey in music the emotion of the story to which the music is set. Whether it is anger, pain or sorrow you can feel it in the music. Don’t go looking for happiness though – this is some very dark material.
The opening track is one of the CD’s strongest tracks. The chorus is one of those that will be stuck in your head all day after hearing it. The line “Drop the gun, turn ’round! Resistance is senseless!” will have you shouting along with the lyrics in no time. By track 2 the killer has been arrested…you can feel his remorse in the emotion of the powerful vocals as “Blackout” is screamed at you in despair. In the third track “The Trial” you are introduced to the fact that these guys can not only bark and yell but can sing! The melodic part of this track near the end are very well done. This is probably my favorite song on the CD for the fact that it has it all the thrashy fast parts and the melodic part. Next up is the very simple track “Desert Trip.” On first listen I was thinking man this song is so simple to play, the riff is basic. But guess what? It’s a well-structured, well-written and a memorable track! The solo in this song is great, melodic and with some cool phased and harmonized effects. Some other moments on the CD that grabbed me was the aggression of the track “Electrocute” with its comical chorus “CLEAN OUT THE BRUTE! ELECTROCUTE.” 🙂 Also, the CD’s last track “Beyond Recall” is great – upbeat, double kicks, and a smash you over the fucking head riff near the beginning. My criticisms of this CD are very few. I wasn’t too keen on the drum sound that makes me wonder if they are using a drum machine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the sound of the drums that put me off, not the playing! For example, there are some very neat drum parts on this CD – just check out the drum pattern used for the verses of “Piece of Your Flesh” – not typical at all and with the clean guitar in the background – this is original! The only song on the CD which was kind of out there was “I Swear”, especially the spoken/sung part near the end.
This CD is not the the type that you’ll pop in and lose your mind over right away. After about a half dozen listens it really started growing on me! As I sit here listening to the CD for about the twentieth time I now know that this is something that I will be pulling out to listen to again. Be sure to sit back with the lyric sheet to this one as the band gives you something to think about – “There is no way to excuse a murder nor a chance for compensation. Beware of what you do. You are responsible!” Definitely thought provoking, and whether you agree or disagree with capital punishment you’ll never stop the hate with murder.
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