Warped Cross – Abbot of Unreason (Review)

Warped CrossWarped Cross are a sludge metal band from Germany and this is their début album.

This is underground filthy sludge metal that takes inspiration from bands like Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Cathedral and Electric Wizard. There’s a hint of, (dirtied-up), grunge in their sound, (not too dissimilar from the recent Boss Keloid album), as well as some pinches of old-school punk. There’s even a touch of Type O Negative in places.

This is raw and utterly unpolished, but doesn’t suffer because of it. Abbot of Unreason sounds great despite this, with the tunes seeming to come alive in the hands of the talented band members.

The tracks on Abbot of Unreason are charismatic and each have their own personality. The band have a noticeable knack for writing good, catchy songs that work very well. Warped Cross wear their influences on their sleeves, but do such a good job of combining them all together into one grimy package that they easily stamp their own identity on the style.

The singer has an extremely charismatic voice that recalls a kind of a cross between the singers of Crowbar and Cathedral. He has instant presence and his voice is very effective at belting out powerful melodies.

These songs are simple and effective doomcore rockers that are really well done. Warped Cross have easily made a new fan here. Let’s hope they do the same for you.

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