When frontman Marz Nova sets about building a metal band, he doesn’t fuck around. Nova named the band The Worshyp as a salute to how heavy metal fans love, and often worship, their music as if it were a religion. He’s quick to point out that the moniker has no ties to any real organized religion. Well, metal’s a religion in my book, so praise be, and horns up!
In the spring of 2010, Nova recruited Danish guitarist Thor Rune as well as bassist Mig Diablo and KK Devina, both from Peru and former band members of ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno. If you’re gonna do it, do it right.
The Worshyp‘s chemistry is based on strong melodic vocals sung over driving guitar riffs set to today’s lower tunings. The band’s website says, “if you’re a fan of Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Anthrax and Black Label Society,” you’re going to like what you hear from them. That’s a pretty accurate statement, though the most identifiable influence I hear throughout the band’s dynamic debut album, Kingdom Earth, is the Megadeth influence.
The nine track debut offering kicks off with the 4-track mini-concept taken from the album’s title, and includes the songs, “Crop Circles”, “Under Surveillance”, “My World”, and “The Sewers”. The concept evolves around an Earthly visit from extraterrestrials.
“Crop Circles,” is the album’s longest track, clocking in at just over seven minutes. The intro starts off with a an opening reminiscent of Ace Frehley‘s “Fractured,” before the hammer comes down with crunching riffs and pounding skins. I waited patiently while listening to this one, anticipating the vocals, but alas they never came. While I have no problems with the song or instrumentals in general, a seven minute epic to start off a nine song album felt like overkill. The error of this seemed magnified when the next track, “Under Surveillance,” began with another minute sans vocals. Interestingly, I could hear a vocal melody for “Crop Circles” and I intend to ask vocalist Marz Nova why he kept it as an instrumental. That said, it’s still a great tune. Just be prepared to go a solid 8 1/2 minutes before you get to hear him sing.
“Under Surveillance” is the first track released from the record, and the instant it kicks off you can hear the Megadeth influence, and still there are moments that seem to hark back to a NWOBHM (new wave of British heavy metal) vibe. This song has perhaps the most catchy chorus on the album.
The third track of the 4-song Kingdom Earth arc is “My World” which again fires off with a riff reminiscent of Megadeth‘s stronger works. Aurally it’s a sound for sore ears, but I worry that the band is not fully developing their own signature style. Still, I love the song.
“Sewers” has a slight Judas Priest feel, but overall, sounds like it might have been on any Frehley’s Comet album. This is one of my favorite tracks on the record for that reason.
Next up is the track “Ganglords” which feels like early Metallica colliding with the classic Judas Priest sound. The first time I listened to this it brought to mind Priest’s “Exciter” from their Stained Class classic. The next time around I heard Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All album. So you, dear reader, will have to decide for yourself.
“The Manic’s Mantra” is another solid chunk of melodic metal, followed up by the riff rampage of “Left For Dead”. The song sounds like the bastard child of Ace Frehley and Megadeth. You can really hear Nova’s love for Dave Mustaine in this one. At one point I can hear Mustaine’s trademark grimace. Is that possible?
Listen to “Left for Dead”:
“Never Afraid,” has a classic thrash vibe ala Metallica, while “Spirit Keyz” has a NWOBHM power riff that brings back good memories of my misspent youth.
The album was recorded at Street Hammer Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, and produced by Anthony Vaughn, with help from Nova.
Overall, The Worshyp have crafted a very solid debut indy album. As a listener I’d have hoped for another track or two, but I am pleasantly surprised at how good this unsigned debut is. Sonically the album is very solid. There are points where I feel Vaughn might have pulled a bit more out of Nova vocally. That said, these guys have the potential to do something special with the right opportunities if they continue to build on Kingdom Earth. To think they got together and developed this in six months. Imagine where they might be a year from now!
- Crop Circles
- Under Surveillance
- My World
- The Sewers
- The Manic’s Mantra
- Left For Dead
- Never Afraid
- Spirit Keyz
This is a debut worth owning, and I highly recommend you visit their site and hear and learn more: www.theworshyp.com