Release DetailsLABEL Nuclear Blast
RELEASED ON 7/9/2002
Curse of the Absolute Eclipse
posted on 6/2002 By:
All I want to know is who got clipped to make it possible for Warhammer to pull off such thievery? I mean, is it even legal to produce a sound that is so much like another band's and get a way with it? Actually that's a mistake, forgive me. Warhammer not only "kind of" sound like Celtic Frost, or Hellhammer if you wanna get technical on me, they ripped off their entire sound both musically and vocally. Many will argue that Volker Frerich "doesn't sound anything at all like Tom G. Warrior", and I'd respond with "wake the fuck up, yes he does, and he does a damn good job at it too". Even before I picked this album up from Diabolic he warned me that they sound a lot like Celtic Frost. After repeated listening to this album that statement comes off as an understatement. There are no secrets here nor do Warhammer even consider the idea of branching off into something of their own. Many songs on Curse Of The Absolute Eclipse start out with feedback only to evolve into the patented grind sound of the aforementioned Swiss band(s). Frerich forces out the same grunts Warrior was famous for back in the late 80's/early 90's completing the attempt at sounding like their obvious heroes. There's only one problem. The same "Grade-A" song writing portrayed by Tommy Frost on the now legendary Morbid Tales album is not on display here. The simple fact is they don't even come close. Now I'm always the first to realize that it's tough to come up with an entirely new sound in this day and age, but c'mon fellas. Something's gotta be done here. I don't know how Warhammer is received in Germany, but they are not getting my vote here. And until they can stray away from "following the example" and at least long to "lead by example", they won't get that vote. In the end...well, I wish it were for these guys. They are doing absolutely nothing in the way of creativity on this album and purchasing it would be a damn waste of anyone's hard earned cash. I don't care if this album is being given away or you come across a burnt copy, in the end you're just wasting your time. I wouldn't even recommend stealing this one. However, if you're a fan of Celtic Frost or Hellhammer and you have the urge to hear that early sound from what seems like ages ago, then you will want to hear this disc. If not throw in Morbid Tales and be done with it, I just did.
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