Line-up: Darren Keogh –vocals, Eoin Dunne – guitar, Joseph Merrimann – guitar, Eoin Broughal – bass guitar, vocals, Graham Dunne – drums
I haven’t had the pleasure to encounter Irish band Warpath. The band was founded in 2005 and ,,Malevolent Reprisal“ (2010) is their second album. The first one called „Gorefare“ was released in 2008. Another their creation is called „Alive a Split Open“ and it’s a CD released in 2009 as a live recording of a 2007 show in AJZ Bahndamm festival, Germany created together with Lividity. Except Lividity, Warpath played together with legends as Amon Amarth, Belphegor, Napalm Death, Obituary.
Hearing the album for the first time, I remember this: Excellent drums, heavy guitar riffs that might better utilize the fact that there’s two guitars in the band. Bass guitar is hidden under the guitar’s melody and the growling sounds good. But after all I find this album hard to memorize and all songs sound monotonous. If someone asked which song I remember, I’d have to think hard which one it is and how to describe it, despite the fact that the song themselves are interesting, full of energy and definitely worth listening.
During the first seconds of song „Malevolent Reprisal“ there’s a true war-atmosphere followed by lose-broken hell. Excellent drumming parts followed by guitar riffs and a lot of extemporaneousness, which I appreciate also in other songs. A shame that this songs is killed by an absurd guitar solo at the end. The first tones of the sixth song, „The Red Mist,“ reminded me of Behemoth. Am I the only one? ?
If you want to google something about this band, you’ll find out that there’s many bands with the same name – Warpath from United Kingdom or Germany, not speaking about an absurd number of same-titled songs, metal festivals or even a computer game. I believe that seeing Warpath as a part of some bigger festival might be an excellent experience and a good opportunity for a little head-banging. Next time it might be considerable to pay more attention to the sound of the record, though I’d love to listen to Malevolent Reprisal again looking forward to another record.