"Warriors & Warlocks" CD
Omega Point Records
/ punk /
4707 N. Springfield, 2F
Chicago, IL 60625
Mystechs' Warriors and Warlocks is a self-proclaimed
"metal/punk/rock/disco opera" detailing the life of a kid unable to
distinguish Dungeons & Dragons from reality. An interesting concept,
for sure - and exactly the sort of musical tomfoolery I'd expect from
the Mystechs stable. Like the rest of the Omega Point roster
(of which they could be considered the showcase act), these folks
blend traditional pop/rock with heavy synth and electro-punk elements.
The whole thing is more than a little goofy - which is fine, but
there's a definitely accessibility behind it that carries things well.
Aside from duds like lame "Barbarian Firetruck" (a corny take on
the rock opera ballad) and irritating "Football Hero", there's a lot
of good stuff on Warriors and Warlocks, including the
infectious title-track and pretty but hilarious "Zombie Mountain". It
takes a few listens to get accustomed to what Mystechs are
doing here - attention to lyrics is key, and the eclectic style can be
a bit overwhelming at first - but sustained listening yields good
results. Aside from the aforementioned,
personal favourites include "L.Z.L.L.F.N.-A..R.!!!" (that stands for
"Led Zeppelin Laser Light Friday Night - All Right!" in case you were
wondering) and powerful "Sweet 666teen". There aren't too many GREAT
songs but it's a pretty cohesive concept album and worth taking a look
at. Fun for geeks and music lovers alike.
MP3s (from omegapointrecords.com):
Fun Fact: According to
Christian tradition, warlocks are the male equivalent to witches, and
are said to ride pitchforks instead of brooms.
[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2005]