The Waymaker Self Titled Review

BAND: THE WAYMAKER
ALBUM: “THE WAYMAKER”
Album Review by Chris Palmer

If you scour the shores of Sweden’s metal scene, you’ll no doubt come across Christian neoclassical power metal act Narnia. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover vocalist, Christian Rivel-Liljegren. However, further scouring will also lead you towards Christian melodic power metallers, The Waymaker.

Formed in the summer of 2019 by Christian Rivel-Liljegren and Jani Stefanović [Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals] (who were both also involved in Divinefire), The Waymaker delivers wonderfully bombastic Scandinavian melodic metal. The band, completed by vocalist Katja Stefanović, offers a blend of powerful male and female vocals, together with epic guitar playing, while delivering a message of heavenly hope in a chaotic world where it’s difficult to find peace.

And this is exactly what you get with the debut, self-titled album. Released in September via Melodic Passion Records, “The Waymaker” offers nine chapters of epic melodic power metal across forty minutes and 45 seconds.

Album opener, “The Waymaker”, starts slowly then launches into a sequence of heavy, punishing riffs, before the powerful vocals enter. As the song drives forward, the beautiful sounds of Katja’s vocals join proceedings, adding an entirely new element to the music, as she fits in perfectly with Christian and Jani’s powerful style.

If you thought the opening number was good, “Kingdom Of Heaven” takes the music to another level! Driven by wonderfully melodic guitars and a pummeling rhythm, “Kingdom Of Heaven” is a marvelous piece, but the soaring vocal sections from Katja push it to another level and literally make the heart leap. Meanwhile, “Soldiers Under Command” is a battle cry of heavy metal proportions, and contains some superb shredding guitar solos, as The Waymaker leads you through its five minutes length. “Marching On” offers exactly the same, leaving you with no respite from the heaviness, yet your heart and soul will leap at the lyrical themes coming through the headphones.

The longest number in this collection is the amazingly beautiful instrumental, “Prophet’s Son”, which sits smack in the middle of the album. With some truly excellent instrument-play, the band enables you to rest and reflect, as you’re led towards “The Name Above All Names”. Launching straight at you with a flurry of heavy riffs, “The Name Above All Names” is almost as powerful as our Lord Jesus Christ, yet it’s message says all you need to know!

“The Rain Of Your Love” arrives in style with some beautiful guitar-licks, before a change of tempo occurs, as this wonderfully powerful ballad drives along its path. After four-and-a-half minutes of sheer beauty, the tempo is turned back up for the penultimate number, “I Am Sustained”, which struts along powerfully. The album finishes in style with the excellent “See The New Generation”, which is a delight to the ears.

Overall, “The Waymaker” sees The Waymaker band deliver a delightful collection of epic melodic power metal, which any fan of the genre must hear. The fact that the music contained within delivers a powerful and wonderful message is an added bonus, which makes this a masterpiece and a contender for album of the year. An essential purchase!

TRACKLIST

  • The Waymaker
  • Kingdom Of Heaven
  • Soldiers Under Command
  • Marching On
  • Prophet’s Son (Instrumental)
  • The Name Above All Names
  • The Rain Of Your Love
  • I Am Sustained
  • See The New Generation

RATING: 10/10

About Chris Palmer 5 Articles
Hi there! The name's Chris and I'm a Child of God. I was brought up in an atheist environment, but always believed that there was something or someone in the heavens above. Finally, on May 15th 2016, Pentecost Sunday, Jesus found me and lifted me up out of the pit of darkness and despair. My journey with Him has been a wild one so far, as He shapes and matures me into the person He wants me to be. It is a pleasure to write reviews for The Metal Onslaught and to be a valued member of the team and family. You can also find my written work at Ever Metal and Metal Gods TV, the latter of which I used to lead the team of reviewers but, for personal reasons, now carry out news duties for the website's social media page. I also write match reports for my local football team, Dartford FC, and am a huge fan of the beautiful game, following the exploits of my beloved Arsenal and Everton. Besides heavy music and football, I also love motorsport, especially Formula 1, and enjoy the more simple things in life, like taking walks (when my health allows) and relaxing with a good book or spending quiet time with the Lord. Having been blessed by the Lord many times, I also volunteer at my local Foodbank, where my duties include website administration and control of the social media pages. Thank you for reading my work. If you should stumble across me at a concert/gig in London or at a football match, please do pop over and say hello. I'm a shy and sensitive soul, but won't bite....hard....