WINGLESS – The Blaze Within
- Non Serviam
- A Blaze Within
- Great Shineless Brightness
- Unheard Sublime
- Victory Hotel
- Reap What You Have Sown
- The Hours Of My Rest
- Jerk Me Off [bonus track]
Olaf Różański (vocal)
Grzegorz Luzar (guitars, bass)
Paweł Solon (drums)
Tomasz Sieprawski (bass) [LIVE PERFORMANCES]
WINGLESS is a band formed in early 2012 in Cracow (Poland). The band consists of experienced musicians associated with a number of other bands of the local metal scene. Charismatic and distinctive Olaf’s vocal parts, memorable guitar riffs set on the basis of the inherent groove are a showcase of the band. Expressive band’s image and aversion to imitating style of playing other bands. This is what Wingless is.
The band, as a four piece, have already released a debut album titled “Hatred is Purity” which was released 18th of July 2014. In January 2016 WINGLES finished the recording session for the second album “The Blaze Within”. Around this time the band became a trio. The plan being to use session musicians to play the bass parts live, whilst Greg played all guitar and bass parts for the recording.
I have been fortunate to have several listens to the album. So what did I think of ‘The Blaze Within’
This leads us to the title track and what a track it is. WINGLESS are at their best with melodic, heavy rockers and this is a great example.
The album opens with ‘Non Servian’, a thumping smash in the teeth rocker with excellent pounding drums. This leads us to the title track and what a track it is. WINGLESS are at their best with melodic, heavy rockers and this is a great example. You will be shouting “a blaze within your eyes” for a long time. Next is the hard core ‘Great Shineless Brightness’ Pawel’s drums are amazing here and just how awesome is it when the scream vocals take the lead? Another great track with all departments at their peak is ‘Unheard Sublime’, more thunder and roar as we are swung from side to side in 4 minutes of hardcore heaven.
‘Victory Hotel’ This track shows not only the quality and depth of WINGLESS as musicians, but also the diversity of singer Olaf’s vocal performance.
Highlight of the album is the epic ‘Victory Hotel’ This track shows not only the quality and depth of WINGLESS as musicians, but also the diversity of singer Olaf’s vocal performance. He is outstanding on this track. The emotion he finds, the range he achieves as he blends scream and clean vocals to truly emphasise the lyric is amazing.
With ‘The Blaze Within’, WINGLESS have found their niche, they have found a place where they can be head and shoulders above their rivals.
The riffs are alive and well in ‘Reap What You Have Sown’ which is probably the most commercial?? track here. ‘The Hours Of My Rest’ slows down the tempo with Olaf again showing us his vocal prowess. ‘Descend’ strikes back as it hits you right in the guts. ‘Descend’ is a monster of a track nearly 7 minutes of hard core metal and perfect for the albums closer. Bonus track ”Jerk Me Off’ is pure hard in your face rock and one for the true hardcore fans out there.
‘The Blaze Within’ delivers 9 tracks of thunderous, energetic rock that will please all listeners.
With ‘The Blaze Within’, WINGLESS have found their niche, they have found a place where they can be head and shoulders above their rivals. A Blaze Within is an album by a band that is on fire and that fire will burn for a long time to come.
Pete Devine Pete’s Rock News and Views September 2017
Band location – Krakow Poland
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