Ward are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of doom, sludge and death metal and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2013 album.
"Anonymous Caller'' begins with some drone sound effects and a few seconds alter bass guitar riffs start coming in which leads up to some drums and heavy doom metal guitar riffs that also utilize some dark sounding melodies and a few seconds alter deep death metal growls and high pitched sludge screams start kicking in and after a few minutes the heaviness clams down and there are some acoustic guitars that start coming in for a few seconds before getting heavy again.
"In Denial" begins with some violins and acoustic guitar playing which brings an ethnic feeling to the album and a couple of minutes later heavy and melodic guitar riffs and drums come into the music along with some deep growls and towards the end the bass guitars start taking control along with some clean sections as well as the violins returning.
"Riisuttu" begins with some heavy and melodic guitar and bass riffing along with some drums and a few seconds alter sludge style screams start kicking in along with some deep death metal growls and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a clean direction for awhile along with some acoustic guitars being utilized and then the music starts getting heavy again and towards the end you can hear some elements of post hardcore being utilized.
'Self Made Hell" begins with some clean guitar playing and a few seconds alter heavy guitar riffs and drums start kicking in which also leads up to some deep death metal growls and after awhile the guitar riffing starts utilizing some melody along with some high pitched screams and a couple of minutes there is a few seconds of acoustic guitars being utilized.
Song lyrics cover dark and everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Ward are a very great sounding hybrid of doom, sludge and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Anonymous Caller" and "Self Made Hell". RECOMMENDED BUY.