Preston based rockers Ward XVI have recently released their debut album “ The Art Of Manipulation ” which is sixteen tracks of pure madness and bedlam.
Forming in 2013 when members Psychoberrie (Vocals), Lex Whittingham (Guitar), Dr. Von Stottenstein (Guitar), Jake (Drums), Min (Keys/Accordion) and Beardy McStumble (Bass) came together to give birth to the twisted journey that is Ward XVI. An explosive mix of haunting vocals, screaming guitars and good old rock ‘n’ roll with a metal twist. The band released their first self-titled EP in 2015 and have steadily risen as a solid performing rock group that won their final of Metal 2 Masses competition this year and will be performing at Bloodstock.
This brings us to their debut album release which is an insane journey of the warped mind of a female locked in an asylum and her telling her story and reliving her past. The concept gives life to the album giving the listener a story with destinations hidden within. The eerie intro sets the dark tone which carries on through out whether in a frantic moment of heavy guitars, scary funfair style backing or sad melodic ballads the burning sinister undertones are always there.
The track “ Take My Hand ” starts things with a melodic beginning, reminiscent of music from past era’s that are forever timeless before crashing into a complete whirlwind of riff driven goodness and up tempo metal flow that portrays a mind descending into madness. You’ll find spooky narrative interludes throughout the album that give an added depth a feel to the story being told here. There’s influences of many different genres and styles heard throughout ” The Art Of Manipulation ” with all those influences being thrown into a giant mixer and spewed back out in Ward XVI style, which is demonstrated to great effect on tracks “ The Flight ” and “ Blackened Heart “. There’s a broad range of melodic, beautiful sections followed by straight up groovy rhythms that get accompanied by blistering drums and top notch guitar solos and leads. Our favourite on the album is “ Cry Of The Siren ” which reminds us a bit of Muse mixed with Evanescence showing all that this band have to offer and how well everything blends together. These guys and gal are definitely ones to keep a watch on and highly recommend checking out and seeing live.
Definitely bringing something different to the table and setting them apart from other bands Ward XVI have been greatly received and it will be interesting to hear where their journey of music takes them next. Their debut album ” The Art Of Manipulation ” is out now to purchase and check out the lyric video for “ Toy Box “.
Insane journey of madness told through rocking music