Praises to the War Machine

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Singer Warrel Dane has been a fixture in the heavy metal community for so long as far back as 1987, with Sanctuary, before embarking on a long '90s and 2000s tenure with Nevermore that it's really rather remarkable that his first true solo album, Praises to the War Machine, didn't come into being until 2008. Actually born of an equitable collaboration with former Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, who co-wrote and produced the entire disc, Praises drips additional heavy metal credentials thanks to the participation of former Himsa guitarist Matt Wicklund and in-demand drummer Dirk Verbeuren Scarve, Yyrkoon, Soilwork, etc., yet doesn't curb its creative scope within ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Singer Warrel Dane has been a fixture in the heavy metal community for so long as far back as 1987, with Sanctuary, before embarking on a long '90s and 2000s tenure with Nevermore that it's really rather remarkable that his first true solo album, Praises to the War Machine, didn't come into being until 2008. Actually born of an equitable collaboration with former Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, who co-wrote and produced the entire disc, Praises drips additional heavy metal credentials thanks to the participation of former Himsa guitarist Matt Wicklund and in-demand drummer Dirk Verbeuren Scarve, Yyrkoon, Soilwork, etc., yet doesn't curb its creative scope within strictly metallic parameters. Rather, even though Dane's stylistic roots are rarely invisible throughout, the album purposefully emphasizes songs that are neither as uniformly heavy nor as technically overwrought as the usual Nevermore working model. Examples of this range from immediate and memorable heavy rockers like "When We Pray," "Let You Down," and "August" to a few surprisingly introspective offerings like "Brother," "This Old Man," and the gorgeous "Your Chosen Misery" featuring psychedelic nuances and baritone vocals that bring Canadians the Tea Party to mind, where the singer gets as openly personal as he has ever done on record. Dane also takes advantage of his solo billing to tackle two unlikely covers: an unrecognizably toughened-up version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Patterns" and the Sisters of Mercy's "Lucretia My Reflection," which is given the goth metal treatment à la Sentenced and Tiamat. And for those who simply must have their metallic fix, "Equilibrium" delivers a familiar head-banging album finale, while old friends like Nevermore partner Jeff Loomis and death metal icon James Murphy drop by to provide melodiously shredding solos for potential single "Messenger" and the cynical, aggressive "The Day the Rats Went to War." So there you have it: a nice balance between familiarity and surprise makes Praises to the War Machine a well-rounded solo endeavor, and a no-brainer for Warrel Dane fans of all stripes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5051099777828
  • Catalog Number: 1335436
  • Sales rank: 170,700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When We Pray (3:38)
  2. 2 Messenger (3:58)
  3. 3 Obey (3:14)
  4. 4 Lucretia My Reflection (4:38)
  5. 5 Let You Down (3:53)
  6. 6 August (3:48)
  7. 7 Your Chosen Misery (4:09)
  8. 8 The Day the Rats Went to War (3:37)
  9. 9 Brother (3:23)
  10. 10 Patterns (4:00)
  11. 11 This Old Man (3:43)
  12. 12 Equilibrium (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warrel Dane Primary Artist, Vocals
Jeff Loomis Soloist
Dirk Verbeuren Drums
Peter Wichers Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Matt Wicklund Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
James Murphy Soloist
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Composer
Andrew Eldritch Composer
Mike McAree Digital Editing
Peter Wichers Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    A bit of old and new

    Warrell, one of the most unique vocalists in the metal kingdom, has graced us with one of the most awesome solo records I know. Backed up my excellent musicians and using a few songs to focus on personal viewpoints (relating to family matters), Mr. Dane shows us a side not seen with the incomparable Nevermore. Great production value, particularly for his voice and the guitarist. Totally kick-a$$ metal!!!

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