Heavy-metallers Warning Sign are back with their second full-length recording PATH TO DESTRUCTION, released independently by the band. If this album is any indication of how the heavy metal scene in Canada is doing, then I’d say it’s alive and well. Hailing from Quebec City, this four-piece has opened for some big names including Blaze Bayley and Delain.
Charging right out of the gate is “Redemption”, a mid-paced cut with catchy riffing that really sets the tone for the whole album. There’s plenty more where that came from with standout tracks “The Eye of the Storm” and “Children of the Sun.” I wouldn’t label Warning Sign as power metal, but there’s a fair amount sprinkled in, and maybe a little thrash too.
The album closer “Heavy Lies the Crown” is quite good, and features guest vocals from Achraf Loudiy. I expected to hear more of the harsh vocal style he does so well in Aeternam, but his clean range complements vocalist Maxim Beaulieu nicely. I was surprised to see that the song comes in at over 8 minutes; it flows well and doesn’t sound like it’s that long. This is one of those discs where you don’t have to skip over anything. Bonus points for not including any lame slow songs.
According to Warning Sign’s Bandcamp page “all you really need to know is that we play heavy metal. We’re not reinventing the wheel, but we make damn sure it keeps on turning!” That sounds like a good assessment, along with sounding fresh and modern. This is a quality release and will appeal to fans of Tad Morose, Wizard, and Metalium.