The Montreal metal scene is as vibrant as it’s ever been it seems, and even a year of lockdown hasn’t slowed it down (too much). WarCall’s latest video and single draws inspiration from old school metal but should please fans at large. Inspired by Iron Maiden, Metallica, Motörhead, Dissection, and Slayer, guitarist Mathieu Simard describes WarCall’s music as “fast, aggressive, melodic, dramatic”, which sounds pretty much on target.
Now, with four well-received albums under their bullet-belt (Invaders (2017), III (2015), Blood, Guts, and Dirt (2013), Demonarchy (2008)), this power-quartet will unleash two new EPs in 2021, “Dead End Pt. 1” on April 23rd with “Dead End Pt. 2 expected to follow in the Fall via their own label Plan B Music.
The lead single and music video from their latest EP is “The Chase”, which follows a narrative of vengeance, as a man becomes unhealthy and takes pleasure in making his neighbour suffer. He sinks into a bottomless abyss that leads to his own downfall. The band explains their experience creating the song:
“The Chase is straight up, in your face WarCall. It is the last song we wrote and recorded for the album. The video was really fun to shoot, in the few weeks of 2020 when we could have a social life and see each other. Epic day. We played the song live, in the barn, with a real PA and everything. Over the 12 takes, we were really sweaty and exhausted at the end! The actors and the director were really into their roles and the band was following along, beer-drinking and helping the best we could, but mostly, enjoying the day.”
Instead of waiting for a full length to be done, WarCall is releasing two EPs, the first as “Dead End Pt. 1” making it the fifth release from the band, which will be followed up with “Dead End pt. 2” later this year. The first part is in-your-face, old-school-inspired metal, whereas the second part will be more progressive and atmospheric.
“Dead End Pt. 1” will only be released digitally on April 23, 2021 via Plan B Music.