Album Reviews

Warmblood – Timor Mortis

Released By : Punishment 18 Records

Genre : Death Metal

Links : http://www.myspace.com/warmbloodband


Tracklist

1.Intro

2.The Ghoulish Doctor

3.Living Dead Superstition

4.Scared Puritan Scenario

5.Sea Of Darkness

6.Lost In The Beyond

7.Revenge From A Comatose State

8.Timor Mortis

9.Underwater Zombie

10.Among The Living Dead


It’s actually been a while since I had me some good old-school death metal music to review, so receiving the promo for the latest album by Italian deathers WARMBLOOD was really good timing. Punishment 18 records have a good knack for finding great Italian metal bands and releasing world class albums and once again with TIMOR MORTIS they have got it right.

The band have been around since 2002 and have slowly been building up a pretty decent fan base locally but now it’s time to try their push for an international audience, and what a good way to do it. WARMBLOOD base themselves fully in the old-school death metal style with deep, bellowing vocals, ear grinding guitars and blastbeats straight from the depths of hell itself. On this album I hear influences from BOLT THROWER, MORBID ANGEL and DEICIDE among others and I really get the feeling that these guys fully believe in death metal the way it used to be before the melodic death metal outbreak all but killed it off.

Something I really enjoyed about this album is that the lyrics for the most part are inspired by horror movies, especially zombie movies as there’s quite a few tunes here dedicated to the living dead. There are a few problems however that keep it from being really excellent, none more so than the slightly weak production. I mean I can hear how aggressive and dark these guys are trying to sound, but the production as a whole is a bit treble based and really would have benefitted from being set a bit deeper and even a bit muddier if need be. The other slight qualm I have with this disc is that it does get a little boring in places and some of the songs seem to drag on a little too long. This is not so much a problem caused by WARMBLOOD themselves, more a trapping of the genre in the fact that there isn’t really much room to move in the sound and nothing to really break up the monotony.

That being said though, if you are a fan of old-school death metal you should check this album out, especially if you are a fan of horror movies and zombies.

Written By ZeeZee

Rating : 7/10

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