WARZAW – Werewolves On Wheels

WARZAW - Werewolves On Wheels
  • 7.9/10
    WARZAW - Werewolves On Wheels - 7.9/10


Release date: January 29, 2021

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Solid Old School Metal

Formed in Trondheim, Norway in 2020 Warzaw has self-produced and released their debut full-length album Werewolves on Wheels. The band promises a reminiscence to the glory days of 80s Heavy Metal, which for the most part they deliver with this album. The writers in the band are also the twin guitarists (and you can tell, in a good way) Håvard Alvarez and Trond Jullumstrø, with the latter also engineering the album and playing bass. The vocals though not ground breaking are solid by Daniel Rønning, with Mats Sødahl laying down the perfect drums for the music.

Full Moon Not Required

As technology improves and more veteran bands gain access, more and more bands are able to self-produce their music and really pull it off. Warzaw is one of those bands, putting together a very strong debut effort on their own. Recorded at Lair Shrediablo and Studio Nubdal in June-July 2020, the album was produced by the band and Mixed and mastered by Roar Nubdal. Warzaw gives us some excellent riff-based metal, with twin guitars echoing of early vintage Iron Maiden more than once. Daniel Rønning’s vocals are energetic well done, though the vocal parts at times feel a little underwhelming on the opening track. Fortunately as the album continues, the songs get better and better.

Top Picks

Normally the opening track is on this list, but for this reviewer track #3 “Adieu” stands tall with its straight ahead punch in the face of shout along vocals and chunking guitars. Top that off with excellent guitar solos trading back and forth, followed by harmonies that take you back to classics from Judas Priest or Accept. Other stand outs include “Dragging Knuckles” with its insanely addictive riffs and “Deathwave” with harmony guitar work that drives this kick ass tune all the way home.

Final Notes

The band’s stated purpose was to remind the audience of the great heavy Metal from the 80s and for this reviewer they have achieved that and more. Is the album perfect? No, but does it need to be? If you love total guitar driven 80s metal with straight ahead, driving energy then you already know the answer. Werewolves on Wheels has a lot to offer, and should definitely have a place in your music collection.

Warzaw band photo


Daniel Rønning – Lead Vocals
Håvard Alvarez – Lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Trond Jullumstrø – Lead & rhytm guitars, bass, backing vocals
Mats Sødahl – Drums, backing vocals

Werewolves on Wheels Tracklist

  1.    Werewolves on Wheels
  2.     The Second Banana
  3.     Adieu
  4.     Dragging Knuckles
  5.     Midas Touch
  6.     Burner
  7.     Spitfire
  8.     Deathwaves
  9.     Swamplands
  10.     Mind Eraser
  11.     Switchblade Renegade


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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