Band : Warforged
Album/EP : I: Voice
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Label : The Artisan Era
Location : Chicago, Illinois
FFO : Fallujah, The Faceless, Opeth
The production on this record is pretty solid. The instruments sound absolutely stunning that’s for sure. They are very atmospheric, with a subtle synth undertone. What stands out the most to me, is how they sound like a tech band who could easily stand with big names like The Faceless. This only thing I wish was better is the vocal mix. The vocals are super unique, and I feel like they are mixed just a notch to low. Some times they get washed over by the guitars and drums. But that doesn’t fully take away from the tone of the record.
From what I can tell, there isn’t much of a structure to most of the record. It's a very relentless record. The tracks are fast, and sometimes erratic. But regardless they flowed very well. Its a record you can put on in the background of cleanings, or even a long drive. You can easily get lost in the record. Since I don’t have the lyrics in front of me, I can’t tell what a theme is. But judging by the tone of the record, it feels something to do with death and dying.
Now, for replay value. I would probably listen to it a few times before I make a super final judgement. Its not a terrible record, but I do feel there is room for improvement. But if you’ve been a fan of the band for the past few years, this will definitely find a home in your daily lists. My favorite part is definitely their atmospheric guitars. They are technical, but still remain heavy. My least favorite is just the vocal mix. It's not absolutely terrible, but as I’ve said before, could have been mixed up just a notch higher.
Overall, I do enjoy the records. It really is a good listen. I remember seeing them live for the first time a couple years ago, opening Summer Slaughter 2017. I won’t lie, I couldn’t stand them. But after hearing this record, I’m glad to see they have tightened up their playing and really matured as a band. This record has some beautiful riffs, and some gnarly vocals. If you’re a fan of beautifully technical metal, then I: Voice will be the record for you.
Star Rating: 9/10
Strongest Song: Cellar