Warmen - Unknown Soldier
Spinefarm Records
Mostly Instrumental Atmospheric (Metal)
11 songs (45'39)
Release year: 2000
Warmen, Spinefarm Records
Reviewed by Chris

Warmen is Children Of Bodom keyboardist solo album. Although it doesn't have many things to do with COB in the first place it's really an impressive piece of music. The COB touch is here, some sounds, samples may remind you a bit something you have heard on one of their albums. But the resemblance ends there, and that's a good thing. The album is mainly instrumental, Kimberly Goss from Sinergy sings in 2 songs adding a bit more atmosphere to this opus.

The keyboards driven songs vary from slow to fiercly fast with such accuracy that it will leave you speechless... no questions asked as for the extraordinary level of musicianship of Janne Wirman. There's additional musicians, mainly for bass, guitars and drums. Guitars are also very impressive, both riffs and Satriani like solos will please guitar heroes I'm sure. The CD contains one of the best intrumental track I've ever listened to called : Into The Oblivion.

In the end this atmospheric opus will drive your soul away for a little while, allowing you to fly into another plane of existance. The guitar mixed with fiercly fast keyboards achieve a perfect marriage here, reminding some Stratovarius or Sonata Arctica moments from time to time. Usually I'm not that fund of instrumental CDs unless it's signed Patrick Ronda or Joe Satriani (only a chosen few). It seems I can blindly add Warmen into this already short list.

For all instrumental and open minded metal fans. Impressive !

Killing Songs :
All, but "Into The Oblivion" will blow your mind away !!!
Chris quoted 88 / 100
Other albums by Warmen that we have reviewed:
Warmen - Accept The Fact reviewed by Ian and quoted 74 / 100
Warmen - Beyond Abilities reviewed by Chris and quoted 90 / 100
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