Project: Roenwolfe – Neverwhere Dreamscape
Project: Roenwolfe – Neverwhere Dreamscape (2013)
Reviewed by Kylie McInnes
From mastermind Tony Cordisco (also of Judicator and Vermiform) comes this slab of wonderful power-thrash. And I’m a sucker for power-thrash. Yes, this sounds a bit demo-ish and the drums are obviously programmed and sound thin, but the riffs…OH GOD THE RIFFS! Riffs to die for! Oh, and I suppose Patrick Parris’s vocals are very good, especially for this style of music. Hey, and there’s even Bryan Edwards (Vermiform, ex-Seven Kingdoms) in a few guest spots in all his growltastic glory!
So where do I start…well, I’d have to draw the obvious comparison to Iced Earth’s Night Of The Stormrider and Liege Lord’s Master Control (image the lovechild of those two albums and you get Neverwhere Dreamscape). The obvious focus on riffage-über-alles screams Jon Schaffer (well, without the silly triplets for the sake of silly triplets) comes across loud and proud which, as a riffage fanatic, easily gets my attention. The lead work is respectable, but it takes a backseat to the glory of the riffs.
Sure, there isn’t a whole lot of anything truly “original,” but Tony has some serious wizardry when it comes to simply writing great, catchy, metal songs (I find this to be even more enjoyable than Judicator’s excellent Sleepy Plessow). “Split The Rings Of Saturn,” “Travelers Of Destiny,” and “Universal Mind” stand out the most on an album without any real low points (to the point where I could entertain the arguments for any track here being “the best”). The song construction is also very straightforward, but it doesn’t bring anything down since the songwriting isn’t aspiring to be a progressive masterpiece or anything. Basics are great if everything around them is well-crafted.
This is a great start for this arm of the Cordisco band family, and I seriously hope he can assemble a full group for future Roenwolfe albums, as the slightly stale drum sound being replaced by a live drummer would greatly add to this album’s effect, especially since the songwriting element is already here. Once you can focus on the riffs and vocals and get past the production, this is quite the gem in a vastly underrepresented sub-genre.
4.0 // 5