Genre: Black Metal
Label: War Anthem Records
For starters, looking at a band with a name as goofy as “Evil Warriors” hit me as a bad omen about their outline, while the fuzzy cover artwork didn’t give out any more information to go on. The German band isn’t nearly as flippant as they sound and their new, second album “Fall from Reality” is a hard hitting and fast paced from start to finish. I had no idea about them before so there’s no background standard for me to see how the band has grown from their past, but this new release is a legitimate enough black metal album.
Evil Warriors’ potent sound can be distinguished from the first seconds, when “Fall from Reality” slowly builds with the self-titled track, presenting a harsh, cutting production with great guitar sound. Melodies start to arise and there are multiple riffs in the vein of Swedish melodic black metal, as the record maintains aggressiveness and hostility through its tracks. The vocals are robust as well, but don’t vary a lot from the eerie screams we are used to listening, which isn’t adding or stealing the compositions any power.
It is made very clear right away, what kind of an album this is and what its influential sources are. The main body of “Fall from Reality” relies on frantic Marduk-like chugging (“Pillow of Cold Water” is a direct, almost written-by-Marduk track), a bit of Watain, a bit of Destroyer 666, with guitar textures of the kind you have listened before in bands like Setherial or even Dark Funeral. The reason tolerance is accepted here and we don’t condemn Evil Warriors is the fact that they can actually give out a confident self, which supports the cause of their record.
However, it is this reminiscence that makes them a bit musically faceless. Apart from the distinct vocals, at some points, its almost as if you are listening to other bands, and more often Marduk. And if you like that band a lot, maybe you won’t mind a follower with solid music instead of blatant ripping off (it’s a similar case as with Dissection and the first Thulcandra album). The music is characterized by turbulence, as there are worthy moments but several inconsistencies around too. I believe there is space for improvement in the drumming sector, which at times didn’t support the rest of the instruments completely in my opinion. Evil Warriors can work more on their songwriting skills as well, into connecting the different parts of their songs in a more natural way.
The ideas are here, as well as some potential, but the record sometimes proceeds in a blurry manner. This is by all means an audible record but personally speaking, I will be waiting for Evil Warriors to evolve their own identity in their music, whatever that may be. Highlights are “Worthless Wretch” and “As the Stars”.