- The Messenger
- Lady Jane Grey
- After Forever
- Looking Back
- Travel Far Away
- Red Ruby Heart
- Four Seasons
Release Date: 4 November 2013 – Steel Gallery Records
“U.F.O. (Universal Force Overall)”
Third album for Wardrum in three years and it seems that nothing can prevent them from keep following a vision that began three years ago. “Messenger” keeps the firmness of “Desolation” and dares to walk a step beyond. Not through its 14 (with 14 choruses, rare but true!) songs, a number that under other circumstances would be too much to bear, but mainly through the productivity the members have the ability to provide.
I know that it will be sounded such as strange thing; “Messenger” is like “Welcome to the Ball” or “Word of Mouth” from Vicious Rumors. Not because of the genre, but mainly because of the diversity following the productivity mentioned above. The band smartly moves from “catchy” songs like “Lady Jane Grey”, “Phoenix”, “Looking Back” to straight powerful ones like “The Messenger”, “After Forever”, “Vengeance” without leave you with a piece of boredom in the end. Also, the high technique in their sound is marked by a trio of songs that I regard them as the digest of the US prog/power sound. It must have been a long time since a hopeful band wrote songs like “Oceans”, “Red Ruby Heart” and “Broken”. Stergios Kourou is clearly proved not to be just a great listener, but largely an excellent musician with a past that acts as his wayfarer in inspiration. I obey them.
And yet, nothing ends here. I cannot end the text without mentioning the contribution of the other members. Kostas Vretos with his talented style on guitars, from one side permits to the spirit of Crimson Glory soaring free through “Deceiver” and a couple of other songs and on the other side his riffing and neoclassical solos give the chance to Wardrum to vary in the circle of the sound. Giannis Papadopoulos is appeared on earth like another Carl Albert making real that a gifted voice must shares all the facets of it; melody/lyricism, screams, anger and just keep in mind that in live performances he is levels higher. Last but not least, Kostas Scandalis. The most noiseless member and yet the one who is responsible for this perfectly clear production (add in this the integration of more phonic channels unlike the previous albums). Four members that are the Alpha and the Omega in the band.
If you still have reservations about Wardrum or their new album “Messenger”, then it means that you are very good readers but not strong listeners. When an album ends with a more than addictive “Four Seasons”, the rest is history.
Review by Dr.Feelgood