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Warchild - Preaching To The Converted - 2004 - Self Released

Track Listing
1. Life Goes On
2. Nothing To Share
3. Burning Fire
4. The Preacher
5. Son Of The Lies
6. The Dead Zone
7. Theatre Of Pain
It is really a strange concept to hear an Italian band that isn't completely absorbed in keyboards and dragons. Warchild, a young group of Italians, emerges on my section of metal mainstreet in the form of "Preaching To The Converted", a choppy, leather clad piece that combines on the Teutonic heaviness of Germany's street lethal with the progressive elements made famous by Fate's Warning's earlier efforts. This EP actually marks the band's second effort to date, the first being a small release in 2001 called "Theatre Of Pain". Since then Warchild have pretty much become a new band, fronted by brand new singer Francesco Luiso. In all regards Warchild are going to please the average power metal fan. That is the easy part, but for the band I would imagine their goals are to win over the other crowds with their progressive elements.

With strong, fast cuts like "Life Goes On" and "The Preacher" bands like Brainstorm and Warhead come to mind with that faster, upbeat fury found with those particular Germans. Other fast tracks like "Nothing To Share" keeps a mindset closer to Running Wild's catalogue, with those fast twin guitar gallops and the epic chorus structure. Where things get a little more complicated is when the material slows to a crawl, with some mature song structures and songwriting. Choices like "Burning Fire" go a bit more complex with some slower elements mixed in. But for the most part this record just stays right on track, delivering a wallop of a good time with speedy, quick punches from the power metal way of fighting.

And while many may complain of the album's production values, very little negative jeers can be associated with this material. No, by leaps and bounds Warchild really stray from the garage days, instead hellbent on discovering an audience through hard work and perseverence. Thus "Preaching To The Converted" is a small time hit, a pulpit preaching son of a gun that will soon boast a large converted congregation.

Favorite Cuts - The Dead Zone, Theatre Of Pain, Life Goes On


--EC 08.20.05
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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