Friday 27 April 2018
Warpicks - Age of Exploration (2016)
The debut album from this Norwegian band.
Warpicks is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums and vocals.
The band comes from a village outside Oslo, the capitol of Norway, called Sandvika. I lived there myself for some months back in the 1990s.
The band released an EP back in 2014 called Good Enough For Jazz. I have yet to listen to that EP and I know next to nothing about what the band were back in those days.
Age Of Exploration is a concept album. This fifty minutes long album is divided into chapters I - VI. The lyrics is all about exploring new territories. Australia for example.
The music is hard and heavy. Take Dream Theater, add some Kansas and some Opeth too. There is also some detours into jazz on this album too.
There is a lot of guitars and vocals here. Some of the guitars are harsh and very riff based. Most of this album is like that.
The music is actually good throughout and the band really throws in some interesting details throughout this album. This is very far from being a run of the mill hard and heavy prog rock album. The band is onto something here and I hope we will hear a lot more from them in the future.