Wereworld – Wereworld

Band: Wereworld
Album: Wereworld
Release year: 2011
Genre: Gothic/ Symphonic Metal

This is the self-titled debut album from Spanish Gothic metallers Wereworld. Although they originally formed back in 1999, several line-up changes have meant it has taken them a while to release their first full length.

Most of the tracks start off well with promising atmospheric intros, such as those present in the title track and ‘Land of the Fading Sun’ which reminds me of early Nightwish or Tristania. Yet unlike these aforementioned bands, one element that’s clearly missing here is decent female vocals that work in harmony with a male singer. It would appear as though the female singer is struggling with the operatic vocals which really don’t suit her vocal range.

The music itself has good elements such as the catchy guitar solos in ‘Requiem for World’ and the synth solo in ‘IF.L.Y’ but it is ruined by the mismatched vocals with both singers working against each other rather than in harmony with one another. The use of Spanish horns in ‘Origin of Hate’ makes it stand out for all the wrong reasons as it doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the album.

The only notable exception is the slow, melodic ballad ‘Children of War’ where both singers produce a duet that is pleasing to the listener and when combined with the guitars, the piano and the children’s choir it bears similarity to Theatres des Vampires. My personal view is that the female singer should really draw inspiration from singers like Sonya Scarlet (Theatres des Vampires) for vocal styles as opposed to trying to sound like Tarja Turunen!

2/5
Iza Raittila

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