Saturday, April 20, 2013

War Machine - "Unknown Soldier" [1986]

Artist: War Machine
Title: Unknown Soldier
Country: UK
Release date: 1986

Track List:
  1. Sacred Hold
  2. On the Edge
  3. Power
  4. No Time
  5. Dangerous
  6. Can't Wait
  7. No Place to Hide
  8. Warrior
War Machine were a female-fronted heavy metal band from Newcastle, formed in 1983 and released only one LP in 1986. There was at least one more band under this name, playing industrial metal, whose demo tracks were available off the "old" ~10 years ago - but right now I'm talking about the UK band, which is really remarkable. The main peculiarity of their music are the vocals, performed by Bernadette Mooney. Her "crying" manner of singing creates an incredibly gloomy atmosphere, not typical for the majority of NWOBHM bands, but well consistent with War Machine's lyrical themes (war and devastation). It's up to you to decide if you like this kind of vocals or not (honestly, it's a bit over the top even for me), but that's what is making this album really unique.

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