Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
It would be seemingly impossible, but Ward XVI have somehow matched the magnificent heights of the studio version from their titanic ‘Metamorphosis’ album in this new acoustic version of the standout ‘The Cradle Song’.
Shorn of the production bells and whistles , this stripped down version might lack some of the grandiose layered atmosphere of its predecessor but adds a bare bones and rawer edge that is seemingly more unhinged than ever.
Both the guitar and vocals convey the unsettlingly painful narrative to powerful effect, a dark and forbidding glimpse into the psychotic mind of Psychoberrie, our protagonist.
Looking beyond the theatrics, you’re met with two artists whose talent shines and both the playing and vocals are truly outstanding.
This really is storytelling at its best and makes the perfect companion piece to without doubt one of the tracks of the year.
Taken from the album “Metamorphosis ” Off yer Rocka recordings 2020. Bandcamp Cd-https://wardxvi.bandcamp.com/album/me… Bandcamp MP3 https://wardxvi.bandcamp.com/album/me… iTunes – Metamorphosis by Ward XVI https://music.apple.com/gb/album/meta… Amazon MP3 Metamorphosis https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08DK74P8… Amazon.co.uk – Metamorphosis https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08H5BRL6…