The Weeping Willow - Impale [Review]
Reviewer: Rak Hiasat - 2013-04-22
Highlights: Enslaving the Blind, Within A Spell
"The Weeping Willow" is a pure death metal group, based in Lebanon formed back in 1996, this project started as a black metal influenced band, but it all changed after some jamming's between the full current lineup band members, and we are here now to talk about one of the leading bands in the middle-eastern death metal community, a band who supported bands like "Theatre of Tragedy", "Apocalyptica", "Macbeth Anathema" and "To/Die/For" in some gigs, for me as a middle-eastern banger I'm really proud to have their name in my region.
I've often heard "The Weeping Willow’s" vocalist "Geno" compared to that many that shall remain nameless, but in my opinion he has his own vocals style, and that’s only because he sings in the typical growling death metal style. Trust me, he's exactly where the comparison stops.
The familiarity of the death metal guitar tone is the driving blood behind these small cells into brutality. From the speedy beating you get with the raw death entry of the outfit; there's a hellish quality to the music that seems to plod along like what we all expect from a band like "The Weep Willow", picking up varying objects of weighty matter and sending them flying miles into the blackened sky. That’s exactly how I feel when listening to parts of this album; it’s like a raging storm that seems to pick up steam as it goes along. If an album can hammer itself into your head and stomach like that, it’s worth a few repeated listens.
It was about a song and a half into this on my first play where I realized why "Impale" sounded like such a strange breed of death metal; that's because "The Weeping Willow" is actually an old school death metal band in the vein of artists like "Morbid Angel" rather than being a modern death metal group. The music on this album is split into roughly two styles: faster sections similar to a less grinding form of Disrupt, and pure, old school Bolt Thrower doom/crust material, and both sides are equally excellent. "The Weeping Willow" choose to abstain from a bassist in favor of a simple two-guitar assault, which actually works in favor of the heaviness of this album; the thick, resonant drum production is able to fill up the space left by the primarily mid-range guitars and upper register, harshly growled vocals.
What it comes down to here is this band is something special, and can probably only be appreciated in respect. This was after all their fully album, I'm sure interest was quite there from the fans or the band. A great addition to any collection for those heavily into old school death metal.