War Gods of the Deep – Action Space Battle Album Review
War Gods of the Deep are here with their debut album, Action Space Battle following the release of two EPs. The album is a sort of concept album that sees War Gods of the Deep mastermind Rikki Currence draws inspiration from classic rock like KISS and Queen. There is also heavy influence from 70s era Marvel with the cover art and the story the tracks are trying to tell.
Action Space Battle is a musical journey that has a niche audience and a destination. The album opens with Transmission a call and harmonized response track that isn’t the strongest but does set the tone. Unfortunately, the tone is very flat, vocalist Currence has a very limited range that you can give a pass on at the start. However, after three tracks of the same monotone almost gravel spoken word vocals it does become a bit much.
The one time this works is on track four Beautiful Oblivion, where the atmosphere created from the guitars and percussion works perfectly with Currence’s vocals. This and the intro to Done are the only times the vocals stand out as a positive as the lack of range makes listening to some of these tracks a real slog.
While vocals aren’t Currence’s strong point his ear form music is, as instrumental pieces these tracks are fantastic with a variety of pace, atmosphere and kick-ass riffs. With Currence credited as the creator of all the instrumentals, this is where his talents lie. War Gods of the Deep describe this album as a love letter to 70s rock and metal and that is a perfect way to describe the instrumental side of this album.
I’ve seen other reviews that question if this is just one person or a group, something they even point out in their tack, Burn the Misery. This is fun but does highlight the problem with War Gods of the Deep. That’s the vocalist, the limited range is holding this album back from being great as Action Space Battle delivers 70s inspired metal that feels epic in scope. Now if they are a band then that’s just a weak link but if Currence is the only official member it makes fixing that vocal problem harder.
I loved the instrumental side just not the vocal side.