Warning
Watching from a Distance


4.5
superb

Review

by Scott Krasman USER (31 Reviews)
March 17th, 2011 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When you realize that the person who once loved you has replaced you.

We've all experienced the end of a relationship, in one way or another. Whether it be through cheating, growing bored or simply losing attraction, it all feels the same way: dejecting. That tight knot that forms at the pit of your stomach is either your conscience yearning for what used to be or a pang of guilt around how it ended. Warning, a UK-based doom metal band, has taken this awful feeling and transformed it into fifty minutes of grievous emotion in audio form. If you've been dumped, cheated on or otherwise kicked to the curb, this is the album for you. Just make sure you don't actually need something happy to cheer yourself up first, because the content here will drain you of every positive feeling imaginable.

The tone is set from the initial moments of the opening track, "Watching From a Distance". From reading the track names in sequential order, I derived that Warning is telling a story of a broken man who is watching his former flame and his replacement crossing a bridge. Vocalist Patrick Walker has a distinctive melancholic vibe in his voice, reminiscent of Paranoid-era Ozzy Osbourne, and it floats around the heavy and burdened riffing of his band-mates. The drumming is simplistic, but it suits the tone that Warning is trying to place over their material. Some may complain over the lack of variety in the pace, but I feel that a faster pace would have lessened the impact for the listener; it sounds like a man is actually trying to climb up a hill despite the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Through the slow melodic leads of "Footprints" and the most depressing vocals on the album in "Bridges", Warning continue to chug through an always-devastating experience. One of the most impressive things about this album is the way that the band was able to take brief moments in time and draw them out into epic landscapes of sound. The misery never relents into the bitter "Faces", where Walker resentfully belts out lines like "Don't ask me where I am, I'm trying to come home but I can't keep myself from drifting" and "So come into my life with your violence and pain, 'cause I feel the dance of a love I've never known". In the final track, "Echoes", the man is seeing the pair vanish into the distance without looking back. The album goes out like a lamb with a single droned note trailing off into obscurity.

Doom metal isn't exactly a forte of mine, and there's only a handful of bands in which I can listen to and stay focused throughout the entire album. Warning, however, manage to remain captivating despite a lack of variation in the content. This takes skill, as repetition is a contributing factor to the failure of many a band in the world of music. It's clear from the lyrics that Patrick Walker is a suffering, tormented shell of a man who has been thrown away like a used tissue one too many times in his life. If that's what it takes to make such an immense album, I'll gladly stick to being happy and writing lesser-quality music. Nonetheless, one can't help but wonder about the anguish that plagues bands like Warning, and they've managed to take the feeling of being replaced and turn it into something tragically alluring.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Scoot
March 17th 2011


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Second review of the day.

Can't help feeling like I have too much time on my hands.

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

wyankeif1337
March 17th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude i'm just now listening to the title track and i saw your review on the front page. omg

have you heard 40 Watt Sun?

wyankeif1337
March 17th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

on a different note, it's usually better to wait until your review is off the front page before you post another (i've done it a couple times before). that being said, it's a good review. pos'd

Samshine
March 17th 2011


1035 Comments


Sick Review Scoot, nicely written. Will have to check it out as I can relate this to some twat in a past relationship also. Props.

Scoot
March 17th 2011


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll keep that in mind for the future, thanks man.

I heard about 40 Watt Sun last week, I'll have to check them out.

Hawks
March 17th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it's better to wait, but still this is a great review. This is becoming my favorite metal album tbh. Shit is immense.

wyankeif1337
March 17th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's the same vocalist and everything so it's essentially the followup to this under a different name.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2011


17224 Comments


i dont care if someone posts more than one review a day as long as it's well written and needed. this fits both of those criteria.

Scoot
March 17th 2011


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah really? That sounds sick, I'm downloading it now.

Hawks
March 17th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

40 Watt Sun album is definitely awesome.

North0House2
March 17th 2011


5878 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bridges is bloody beautiful. I adore this album.
Since I haven't rated it on my new account, I should.
Good review.

Digging: Ef - Ceremonies

Scoot
March 17th 2011


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2011


23911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

woah look at you, reviewin shit all of a sudden.

I'm still pretty pissy at my ex (we broke up almost a year ago) because she found someone right away while I'm still sitting here, lonely and broken. I guess I should give this album a whirl, Scoot?

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Hawks
March 17th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Me and my ex broke up a little over 2 months ago and I listened to this shit a bunch since then. Definitely the perfect album.

DeafMetal
March 17th 2011


8588 Comments


Wish people stopped whoring this.

Digging: Ja Rule - Pain Is Love

wyankeif1337
March 17th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why?

DeafMetal
March 17th 2011


8588 Comments


rly

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2011


23911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Album Rating: 5 | Sound Off

Wish people stopped whoring this."

o_O?

Scoot
March 17th 2011


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yes Aids, just keep the razorblades and all other sharp objects out of sight lol.

DeafMetal
March 17th 2011


8588 Comments


w/e



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