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Declaing War In Canada - 93%

orphy, January 3rd, 2007

Paulus Kressman never fails to impress. Each band he's played with has released some incredible records, and Warmarch is certainly no exception to this. Featured in this band is Kressman on guitar, Relf of Disciples of Power on drums, and an unknown bassist known as Lampimaki. These three guys manage to pump out some excellent tunes on this demo.

The first song opens up the tape nicely. It's a fast paced song, with killer riffs. Riffs dominate this demo, as does arrangement. The arrangements allow the songs to set up nicely for the next part, and further emphasize their power. Also noted on the first track that Kressman can do a battle cry better than anyone out there.

Opening up with a discordant doom section, the second track ends up being a favourite among fans of the demo. The song stays slow, and ends up picking up. Kressman even sings on this track, declaring that this song is indeed a "Declaration". All jokes aside, this song is a great example of Warmarch's ability to arrange and let parts flow nicely into each other.

Motorhead seems to have been the inspiration for the last track, or at least for the intro anyway. The song starts with some excellent snare work, and then opens into a great black metal tune in a rocking sense. Great choice for an outro on a 3 song demo.

Warmarch has a sound that is really unlimited by style: you can hear influences from Motorhead, to thrash metal, to doom, and of course black metal. Personally, I greatly anticipate to hear a full length recording from Warmarch, because this is one of the best demos of 2006 without question.

Top-notch demo with crushing production - 85%

vorfeed, August 21st, 2006

This is the first demo from Warmarch, a Canadian band playing black/death metal. It features the guitar/vocal work of P. Kressman from Sacramentary Abolishment and Rites of Thy Degringolade, and the drumming of D. Relf from Disciples of Power. I've never heard the bassist, E. Lampimaki, before, but his work here is certainly on a par with the others.

The sound on this demo is totally frantic, with drums that switch from blasting to plodding in an instant, all set behind equally varied guitar. The snarled vocals have plenty of power, and even come in with some heavy metal screams and clean vox. It's nice to hear a metal album with the bass up front in the mix, and the nimble bass work here more than deserves the honor.

"Flame Giver" is a short, fast song with plenty of start-and-stop tempo changes. The vocals on this one are especially impressive. This song would be amazing live!

"The Declaration" starts out with a huge doom section, and speeds up just a bit from there. Halfway through, the plodding pace gives way to some neckbreaking fast riffs. After a break, the original theme comes back in for a clean-vocals encore that wouldn't be out of place on a Candlemass record. The bass on this track is crushingly heavy!

As the title "Eternal Spiral" implies, this song is chock full of cyclical riffs and bass lines. The development of theme and repetition here is sublime. Vocals are used sparingly, just enough to reinforce the killer instrumental work.

This is an excellent demo, a must-have for those into metal that combines a punishing sound with intelligent songwriting. Warmarch packs more variety into fourteen minutes than most bands manage in thirty. A full-length album from this band would be most welcome! Highly recommended.

Standout tracks: "The Declaration", "Eternal Spiral"